Warangal Urban: A good beginning makes a good ending — this is exactly what eventuated with the Warangal city police, which made a world record on Wednesday by organising the largest self-defence session at a single venue.
When Police Commissioner G Sudheer Babu announced the self-defence training session for women under the banner of ‘Swashakthi’ on December 11, he did not even think of creating a world record.
More than 27,000 women/girls enrolled online for the event, out of which 21,276 showed up at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Hanamkonda.
The event took place in the presence of Squadron Leader Jayasimha Ravirala and charted accountant Tripuraneni Gopichand – observers of the Guinness World Record. Laxmi, founder of Rani Rudrama Devi Self-Defence Academy, trained the participants – most of them college students.
The session, which lasted for 51.32 minutes, broke the previous record held by South American Krav Maga Federation. It conducted a similar session on May 29, 2010 at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with 2,212 participants.
Telangana State Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma lit the lamp to inaugurate the historic event. District Legal Services Authority Secretary G Neelima, Warangal Police Commissioner G Sudheer Babu, Warangal Urban District Collector Amrapali Kata, Warangal Rural Collector PJ Patil, Jangaon Collector A Devasena, Warangal Range DIG Ravi Varma and GMWC Commissioner Shurti Ojha, among others, attended the event.