Indian women boxers have won both the Junior and Youth titles at the 7th Nations Cup boxing tournament held in Sombor, Serbia.
Neither the chilly winds nor the freezing weather was strong enough to shake the determination and the confidence of the Indian women’s boxing contingent at the tournament, held from 8-15 January.
Indian Women Boxers Dominate
India won a staggering 13 medals including eight gold, three silver and two bronze in the junior group. The host team Serbia settled for the third spot with Kazakhstan securing second position. Ekta Saroj (46 kg), Baby Rozisana Chanu (52 kg), Poonam (54 kg), Arundhati Choudhary (60 kg), Vinka (63 kg), Raj Sahiba (70 kg), Sanamacha Chanu (70 kg) and Komal (plus 80 kg) were the Indian women boxers who won the gold medal. Sangeeta (48 kg) and Lipakshi (plus 80 kg) won silver in their respective weight groups. Arshi Khanam (50 kg) and Yashi Sharma (57 kg) got the bronze.
Indian women boxers continued their dominance, stamping their authority, on the world stage winning three gold and one bronze medal for the country in the youth group as well. Jony (60 kg), Lalita (64 kg) and Nandini (81 kg) dominated their respective weight divisions, while Rajabala settled for bronze in 54 kg.
Preparing For The Youth Olympics
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has said that it is leaving no stone unturned to prepare a formidable team for the Youth Olympics which is to be held in Buenos Aires in late 2018. As Indian boxing is witnessing a surge in popularity, this feat is both easy and difficult, it said in a statement.
We want to field the strongest team possible for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games and for that these young guns need foreign exposure and training at the highest level. We are making sure that they get all that so that they can repeat our recent feat in the World Youth Boxing Championship.
President of Boxing Federation of India (BFI)
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is recognised by AIBA and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GOI) as the nodal body responsible for the development and promotion of Olympic-style boxing in India. BFI has hosted six national tournaments in the last one year, attracting over 300 boxers in each of the championships.
Praise For Indian Women Boxers
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) congratulated the Junior and Youth teams for their performance at the 7th Nations Cup in Serbia.
Coaches #BhaskarBhatt & #AmanpreetKaur meet #BFI President Mr #AjaySingh after their successful tour to Serbia as Indian boxers returned with 17 medals, including 11 gold and best team awards. #PunchMeinHaiDum pic.twitter.com/PiwwjoVL3O
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) January 18, 2018
Doordarshan Sports also took to Twitter to hail the achievements of the young Indian women boxers.
Congratulations to the Indian boxing team for winning the Nation’s cup! Great achievement to clinch 17 medals. pic.twitter.com/qi3h4dyriV
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) January 18, 2018