While the men’s Indian boxing team gets set to face one of its toughest challenge at the AIBA World Boxing Championship in Baku Azerbaijan, their Youth and Junior women counterparts will be battling it out at the national arena for the titles of ‘Youth and Junior National Champions’. Ever since International Olympic Committee decided to include Women’s Boxing at the 2012 London Olympics there has been a considerable rise in the popularity of the sport across India and the world over. And in July this year another glorious chapter was added to the sport’s already growing repute, with the women’s boxing program being inducted into Youth Olympics.
And with such added incentives the 7th Youth and 6th Junior Women’s Nationals will witness young and aspiring glove women of India take to the stage with a renewed vigour. The championships being held at Patiala from the 24th – 29th September, 2011 will feature altogether 249 boxers from 43 state/board teams. 113 athletes from 22 teams will battle for the national title in the Junior Championships, while 136 boxers from 21 state groups will be vying for glory at the Youth Championships.
The event is being organised by the Punjab State Boxing Association under the aegis of Indian Boxing Federation. Secretary General of Indian Boxing Federation, Brig PK Muralidharan Raja believes national championships play a significant role in the development of an athlete. He said, “The national title is a prime award which every athlete wants in their kitty, the tournament paves the way for young achievers to make their mark at the national level. It also adds to the bank of boxers in the country.” Aimed at strengthening the level of boxing in the country the event also makes for a fine example of corporate support provided by Monnet Ispat & Energy Limited.
Day one of the six day affair offered a series of enthralling bouts as boxers of national and international acclaim took on each other to cross the preliminary hurdles.
Action started with light fly weight division of the Youth National Championships. World Champion Sarjubala Devi of Manipur had no trouble getting past the Zothanpull Mizoram. Priya Gorh of Assam and Saroj from Haryana also made their place in the next round of the championship registering easy victories over their respective opponents.
In the light weight category, three times Junior National Champion Poonam from Haryana upstaged Tanuja Kanyal of Uttarakhand. The 17 year old was leading 9 nil in the first round when the referee intervened to stop the fight.
The Junior Championships saw action in the light fly weight and the fly weight division. World Champion Lalenkawli (48kg) from Mizoram advanced to the next round with a resounding victory over Kalawati. The Rajasthan girl was completely at bay against her more experienced opponent. Lalenkawli made full use of her skills to hand Kalawati a defeat in the very first round of the bout.
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