It was a rain of gold for Indian boxers at the AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships, as Indian youth boxers managed to bag five gold medals at the end of the competition on Sunday, November 26. India’s Ankushita Boro (64kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg), Sakshi Choudhury (54kg) Jyoti Gulia (51kg) and Nitu (48kg) clinched gold medals in the tournament.
Joyti Gulia, the Champion in the 51kg category has qualified for the Youth Olympic Games that will be held in Argentina next year. With five gold and two bronze medals, this was India’s best ever performance in the prestigious tournament. Indian boxers managed to secure just one bronze in the previous edition of the tournament. India’s Sarjubala Devi won the yellow medal last time for India in 2011.
While expressing happiness over India’s remarkable performance in the recently concluded youth boxing championships, Ajay Singh, the President of Boxing Federation of India said that these are the future Olympic medalists for India. He also said that Guwahati has been a fabulous host and Indian boxers performed brilliantly there. In addition, the BFI president also announced a cash prize of two lakh for every gold medalist.
On Sunday, India’s Nitu walked into the ring with some advantages, as her Kazakh opponent came with poor footwork. Zhazira Urakbayeva was seen struggling to put her legs in the right place that gave Nitu some extra edge inside the ring. It was an easy bout for Nitu compared to how the Indian boxer fought in the semifinals.
Another gold medalist Joyti had to fight hard to beat her Russian opponent, as both the boxers fought hard to clinch the yellow medal. India’s Sakshi was also seen fighting hard against her English opponent to register the gold in her name.