Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh has congratulated Nikhat Zareen on her gold medal at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and says he is important for the boxing world that she wins a gold medal at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
“I would like to congratulate Nikhat (Nikhat Zareen), absolutely wonderful and fantastic. This should be a start. We need you to be an Olympic gold medalist. This is your first step towards Olympic gold. “She will work hard over the next two years and get us a gold medal. The whole nation is proud of you. For the boxing world, it’s important that you win gold in 2024,” said Singh said at a press conference.
“Two other medalists (Manisha and Parveen), we are proud of you, but we expect much more. There is no doubt that we have the highest expectations from the women’s boxing team. Just like Lovalina has got bronze in Tokyo, we have to do much better in 2024. All three of you are potential medalists. We look forward to celebrating victory with you.”
Indian boxer Nikhat recorded a dominating 5-0 win in the final. Living up to expectations, Nikhat beat Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas without breaking a sweat in the 52kg final with judges scoring the fight 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in favor of the Indian.
The Nizamabad (Telangana) born boxer became the fifth Indian woman to win a gold medal at the World Boxing Championships after record six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006).
It was also India’s first gold medal since boxing great Mary Kom won it in 2018.
With Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) picking up bronze medals after their semi-finals, the Indian contingent concluded their campaign with three medals at the world’s biggest boxing event, which witnessed a exciting competition in the presence of 310 record boxers from 73 countries. and also marked the 20th anniversary of the Women’s World Championships.
Out of 12 participating Indian boxers, eight qualified for the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament, the highest with Turkey.
With the addition of three medals in Istanbul, India’s medal count rose to 39, including 10 gold, eight silver and 21 bronze, in the 12 editions of the prestigious event, the third after Russia (60) and China (50).
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