National Women’s Boxing Championships: emergence of new talents

In the absence of Olympic medalists Lovlina Borgohain and MC Mary Kom, the women’s national championships at St. Joseph’s International School in Hisar saw the rise of several talented boxers who could become the future stars of Indian boxing.

With major multi-disciplinary events like the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games scheduled for next year and the Paris Olympics scheduled for 2024, up-and-coming boxers promise a lot for the country at these major events.

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If boxing manages to survive the wrath of the International Olympic Committee and stays in Paris 2024, then, as the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) correctly understands, India has a better chance of claiming some Olympic medals in women’s boxing. The IOC’s emphasis on greater gender equality is likely to drive more weight classes for women in Paris. It will effectively increase the chances of female boxers in the mega event.

With the resignation of female high performance director Raffaele Bergamasco and head coach Mohammed Ali Qamar on their way out, the camp is likely to be led by a new group of coaches for some of the biggest assignments over the next three years.

With the BFI stage competitions in 12 weight categories (48 kg, 50 kg, 52 kg, 54 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg, 63 kg, 66 kg, 70 kg, 75 kg, 81 kg and + 81 kg) Instead of 10, following the International Boxing Association (AIBA) weights renewal, there was a better chance of seeing more boxers in action.

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Some of the young boxers: two-time junior world champion Nitu (who beat world silver medalist Manju Rani in the 48kg final), reigning junior world champion Arundhati Choudhary (70kg), junior world medalists Anamika (50 kg), Babyrojisana Chanu (54 kg) and Sanamacha Chanu (75 kg), who shone in previous junior world championships proved their worth in the elite event.

New faces emerged from the meeting who had performed decently at age group events. Among them are Parveen (63 kg), Renu (who surprised two-time junior world winner and Asian bronze medalist Sakshi Chaudhary in the Haryana state trials and world medalist Jamuna Boro in the 54 kg semi-finals at Nationals), Minakshi (52 kg), Sanjeeta (50 kg). ) and Anjali Tushir (66 kg).

Rookie Jaisime Lamboria, who made her mark by winning a bronze medal at the Asian Championships earlier this year, caused the biggest surprise of the event by surprising Olympic and world medalist Simranjit Kaur in a 60kg semi-final.

All of these young people underscored their graduation to the higher level through their eye-catching performances.

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The increasing competition at the national level due to the continuous influx of talented girls is a good sign for women’s boxing in India as it will improve quality within the country and help India to place stronger boxers in various elite international events.

There was more good news for women’s boxing as a Services scout was seen doing the groundwork to recruit young female boxers. If Services, which has produced many top-class boxers and international medal winners in men’s boxing, find it feasible and raise a team of female boxers, then the innovative move will be a huge boost for the sport. It will complement the progressive new development of allowing women to enter the National Defense Academy and other defense positions that were traditionally held only by men.

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Until now, female boxers have obtained jobs mainly in the Railways, which took the general title of the team in Hisar, and in different police services. Jobs for female boxers in advocacy organizations will expand Services’ already significant footprint in the broader Indian sports ecosystem, which aims to reach greater heights at the Olympics.

Although the BFI has decided that the national championship gold medal winners will represent the country at the upcoming world championships in Istanbul, Turkey, some exceptions cannot be ruled out. With the BFI thinking of giving Lovlina a place on the world championship squad, it will be interesting to see if he changes his mind to give the promising Arundhati a chance and takes a test to decide who will compete in the 70kg.

The national championships were a platform for some experienced boxers to get back into the routine.

Nikhat Zareen worked hard for three months to get rid of the rust and win the 52kg title as well as the Best Boxer award.

World championship medalists Sonia Lather (57 kg), Saweety Boora (75 kg) and Olympian Pooja Rani Bohra (81 kg) took the gold medals to stake their claims for future big events. It was a real test for Asian champion Pooja, who was a bit out of touch after the Tokyo Olympics, but relied on her courage and experience for a satisfying result. You need to work harder to make your mark at the world championships.

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As in the men’s section, the BFI chose the finalists in each weight category for the national camp, which would take place in Delhi until December 20. Trials were conducted between the bronze medalists and the members of the second-tier teams from the top three finishers – Railways, Haryana and All India Police – from the latest edition to select the other two boxers for the camp at each weight. .

The well-organized event at St. Joseph’s was a shot in the arm for the BFI, which found an enthusiastic host in boxer-turned-entrepreneur Anil Mann. The successful conduct of the national championships has strengthened the possibility that Hisar will become a regular spot on the BFI calendar.

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