At 2021 Youth world boxing championship, a total of 8 players have been selected for the finals, out of them 7 players are women. Not only they got selected for the finals but all of them secured the first position in the tournament.
On Thursday, in Kielce, Poland a history was made by the Indian women boxers. As they finished of their campaign in 2021 AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World boxing championship on an amazing score, i.e. all the seven selected women won the gold medal and secured their places in finals.
Ajay Singh, President of the boxing federation of India was awestruck and amazed at the victory of India, he said that, “This has been an amazing effort from our youth boxers especially when the players had to be confined at home for most part of the last year and only make do with online training sessions. Our coaches and support staff did a stellar job despite the limitations and challenges. I congratulate all the winners on this unprecedented medal haul. This achievement is a testament of the talent we have in the upcoming generation of Indian boxing.
In the 2018 edition, a 20-meber Indian group had already marked history by securing 11 medals at the on-going Youth World Championships beating out their previous best of 10 medals. The only Indian man to make into finals is Sachin (56 Kg) who’ll be in action in the finale. In the semi-final finishing, 3 players Bishwamitra Chongthom (49kg), Ankit Narwal (64kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) won three bronze medals for the country.
The seven wonderful players who made it to the finals in the women’s team are- Gitika (48kg) Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Poonam (57kg), Vinka (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) and Alfiya Pathan (+81kg). Back in the 2017 edition of the championship which was held in Guwahati, Indian women won 5 gold-medals. In the on-going Championship India is on the No.1 ranking leaving behind Russia.
Gitika led the country’s commencement and provided a kick-start to the day. The Haryana boxer, who came into the match beating two-time European Champion Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro, knocked down Natalia Kuczewska 5-0 in the women’s 48kg final and secured first gold medal for India at the on-going Championship.
Vinka (60kg) also produced a nail-biting show as her punches, packed with power, were too strong for Kazakhstan’s boxer Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova. Referee had to stop the contest and declare Indian as the winner. Rajasthan’s boxer Arundhati added gold for Indian team when she completed a fine 5-0 win against Polish boxer Barbara Marcinkowska in the 69kg final.
These were the few amazing highlights from the on-going power-packed 2021 AIBA Youth Boxing Men’s and Women’s World boxing Championship.