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Indian Lionesses won as many as five gold medals in the Women’s World Youth Boxing Championships 2017

Indian Lionesses won as many as five gold medals in the Women’s World Youth Boxing Championships 2017

Women’s World Youth Boxing Championships 2017 took place in Guwahati ( November I9-26). The Four boxers from Haryana – Nitu in light flyweight (45-48 kg), Jyoti in flyweight (51 kg), Sakshi in bantamweight (54 kg) and Shashi Chopra in featherweight (57 kg) – won gold in the first four final bouts. Assam’s Ankushita Boro added the fifth in welterweight (64 kg) category.V Two other Indians – Anupama in light heavyweight (81 kg) and Neha Yadav in heavyweight (+81 kg) –won bronze. Of the 36 other nations that participated, Russia was the next best team with two gold medals —Anastasia Shamonova in middleweight (75 kg) and Kristina Tkacheva in heavyweight.

Ajay Singh, president of the Boxing Federation of India, later announced R2-lakh each for the gold medal winners.This is India’s best performance in the AIBA women’s youth event after 2011 when Sarjubala Devi of Manipur had won the lone gold medal.

Background

In India, the game of boxing does not command a significant fan following, which commentators often attribute to the lack of discernible international victories. However, despite its limited success at large global championships, it is a regular medal-holder at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Mohammad Ali Qamar became the first Indian to win a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, United Kingdom. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vijender Singh won a bronze medal in the middleweight boxing category, while Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar qualified for the quarterfinals. Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar, A.L. Lakra, and Dinesh Kumar each won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championship. Vijender Singh briefly reached World No.1 in the middle weight (75 kg) category class in 2009, when the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) list was updated after 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships held in Milan, Where he won India’s first medal in an AIBA-WBC. On 29 June 2015, Vijender Singh bid adieu to his amateur career by turning professional as he signed a multi-year agreement with Queensberry Promotions through IOS Sports and Entertainment. This ruled him out of 2016 Olympics as he no longer remains eligible to represent India. India’s Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She also became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal at the Asian Games during the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea. Five Indian boxers, three female and two male, were among the world’s top three in AIBA latest world rankings (March 1, 2014) in their respective categories.

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