This is Brig PK Muralidharan Raja, Secretary General, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation reporting from Qinhuangdao, China the venue of the the Olympic Women’s Qualification Tournament & 7th??AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships.
The Indian Contingent comprising of 10 boxers out of which 3 are Olympic Weight Categories (51 kgs, 60 kgs & 75 kgs) reached the sea side resort of Qinhuangdao which is on the east coast of China on 09 May 2012. Having settled down into the Athlete’s Hotel at the Chinese Football School, the boxers had vigorous workouts and training?sessions to remove the jet lag of having travelled from New Delhi via Guangzhou. A few photos of the training session on 10 May 2012 are attached.
The Weighing -in took place from 0700 ? 0900 hrs on 11 May 2012 and the Draws took place at 2.00 pm.??A total of 305 boxers representing 70 countries are participating in the World Women Boxing Championships (Correction from the earlier mail sent today). The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Gymnasium of Qinhuangdao at 1800 hrs and the preliminary bouts in 57 kgs and 69 kgs will be held at 8.00pm tonight ie. 11 May 2012. In today’s bouts in the 57 kgs weight category, K Mandakini will play against Bo Jana Ranic of Serbia in the preliminaries. In the 69 kgs weight category Neetu Chahal will play against Bianka Nagy of Hungary in the preliminaries.
All the 3 Olympic weight categories preliminary bouts will be held on 12 May 2012. In the 51 kgs there are a total of 55 boxers participating and Marykom who has been seeded 7th in this weight has got a bye and will hence play against the winner of Japan and Greece on 13 May 2012. In the 60 kgs weight category where there are a total
of 58 boxers in the competition, Sarita Devi will play against Ayzanat Hajiyeva of Azerbaijan on 13 May 2012. In the 75 kgs weight category Pooja Rani will play against Claressa Shields of USA on 13 May 2012.