With muscle power in their fists and Midas’ touch in the fingers, five Indian women boxers went on to win gold medals bagging top positions in the overall World Youth Boxing Championships held in Guwahati. To add to this, two bronze medals were also won making it a big celebration for India.
Dominated the ring multiple times
Nitu, Jyoti Gulia, Sakshi Choudhury, Shashi Chopra and Ankushita Boro all won gold and out of all of them, Jyoti will qualify for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Argentina for her achievement and also because she was born after the year 1999. Meanwhile, Neha Yadav and Anupama won the two bronze medals. Altogether, it was truly a successful meet for India thanks to these strong young women who dominated the ring. Ankushita Boro was named the Boxer of the Tournament making India take centre stage. It was a big win for India because, since 2011 only one gold medal was won by Sarjubala Dev.
The intensive year-round training was worth it
All of the gold medallists received a reward of 2 lakh rupees which will be a good source of financial support to them. Nitu said, “It was an easier final compared to the semifinals. I did not find it too tough to break through.” Such a big achievement for Indian boxing left the rest of the participants in shock and some in frustration, since they lost the bouts. However, their intensive training and strategies paid off with the help of their coach. Ajay Singh, President of the Boxing Federation of India said, “You are seeing the probable Olympic medallists for India at the Tokyo Olympics here. It has been a fantastic performance and Guwahati has been a fabulous host.”
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