NEW DELHI, February 27: Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain and reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen will lead India’s charge at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
The tournament will be held from March 15 to 26 at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in the country’s capital.
Borgohain (75kg) has two world championships bronze medals so far and will look to change the colour of her medal along with several Olympic medallists from other countries.
Zareen, on the other hand, will defend her title in the 50kg category. She became the world champion in the 2022 edition held in Istanbul.
2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nitu Ghanghas will also compete in the 48kg category. The two-time Youth World champion will look to add yet another major medal to her name.
“In the last few years, India have become a powerhouse of boxing and we intend to further cement our standing with this talented contingent for the IBA Women’s World Championships. It’s a line-up of champions and I am sure that they’ll bring glory to the country again,” said Ajay Singh, president of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) in a media statement.
Manisha Moun, who announced her arrival on the global stage with impressive performances at the 2018 World Championships in Delhi, will represent the country in the highly-competitive 57kg featherweight category.
Manisha won the bronze medal at the 2022 World Championships.
The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaismine Lamboria has been a quarter-finalist in the 2022 edition and will compete in the 60kg category.
Young pugilists Preeti and Sanamacha Chanu will represent India in the 54kg and 70kg category respectively.
Preeti won bronze at the 2022 Asian Championships, while Sanamcha is the 2021 Youth world champion and recently became the national champion in her category.
The reigning Asian and national champion Saweety Boora will be competing in the 81kg category.
The experienced campaigner, who won silver in the 2014 World Championships in South Korea, will be eager to continue her impressive form to add to her medals tally.
Youth world champions Sakshi Chaudhary (52kg) and Shashi Chopra (63kg) along with 2019 South Asian Games gold medallist Manju Bamboria (66kg) will be eager to prove their mettle in their respective categories at the World Championships.
In the 81kg+ heavyweight category, India’s medal hopes will rest on reigning national champion Nupur Sheoran.
The event will see a total prize pool of Rs 20 crore — Rs 10 crores being the pool for gold medallists. Boxers who finish runners-up in their categories as well as those who claim bronze will receive their prizes from pools of Rs 5 crores respectively. (ToI)
India squad: Nitu Ghanghas (48kg), Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (52kg), Preeti (54kg), Manisha Moun (57kg), Jaismine Lamboria (60kg), Shashi Chopra (63kg), Manju Bamboria (66kg), Sanamcha Chanu (70kg), Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), Saweety Boora (81kg) and Nupur Sheoran (81+kg).