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The video is not of Puja Tomar winning the world championship but of ONE championship in 2019

Claim

Congratulations to India’s daughter Pooja Tomar for becoming world champion in martial arts

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Explanation

A short video clip is shared on social media congratulating Puja Tomar for becoming the world champion in martial arts. This video is viral on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube with the same claim. Some of the posts can be seen here, here, here, here, and here.

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What is the truth?

When searching the video screen grab with google lens, 5, May 2020 dated Hindustan Times article titled ‘Fight Island’: How India can popularise Mixed Martial Arts’ is found carrying the image from the viral video in it.

The image is captioned ‘Puja Tomar after her victory over Priscilla Hertati Lumbangol (One Championship)’.

When searching with the caption of the image mentioned in the Hindustan Times article, a full-length video of the competition is found posted on the ‘ONE Championship’ Youtube channel in January 2019.

The Facebook Page ‘ONE Championship’ posted a video clip on 19, January 2019 with the caption ‘Puja Tomar scores a massive split-decision win over a game Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gao!!’.

Conclusion

The video that is shared claiming Puja Tomar won the world championship is not true and the video is of her victory in ONE championship held in 2019.

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