The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Tuesday congratulated all three order winners of the 12th IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, which was also attended by the Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.
With one gold and two citation orders from the prestigious event, the Indian platoon secured the third position in the platoon rankings with 23 points after Turkey( 48 points) and Ireland( 23 points) who finished first and second independently.
While speaking at the felicitation form, the Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur complimented the order winners and said that we must celebrate current achievements but always keep aiming for the coming crown.
Our Betis (daughters) have made us proud. There was a time when the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi used to speak about Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, and now it’s bearing fruit. Nikhat said she doesn’t want to stop; she wants to win further orders. We need this passion and fidelity from you all. We’ve got to keep going forward. You’re the alleviation for grassroots athletes. The Covers scheme has assured everyone gets the installations. We must celebrate what we’ve achieved at the moment but always aim for the coming big crowns. Let’s bring further orders for India in 2024, ”the Minister said.
On the occasion, BFI President Ajay Singh, Secretary-General Hemanta Kalita, Treasurer Digvijay Singh, Vice President Debojo Maharshi, and Sandeep Pradhan, DG SAI, were also present on the occasion as they interacted with the prizefighters and complimented them on their order-winning feats.
“ It’s really great that you’ve done so well at the World Crowns, but this isn’t where we’ve got to stop. This entire exercise is about the Olympics, which are just two weeks away. “A huge vote of thanks to the Ministry of Sports and Sports Authority of India for all their support, ” BFI President Ajay Singh said.
Deciding their demoiselle orders at the world’s biggest boxing event, Nikhat Zareen( 52 kg) came the country’s only fifth woman to win gold while Manisha( 57 kg) and Parveen( 63 kg) bagged citation orders at the event, which concluded in Istanbul last week.
I thank everyone for felicitating and encouraging our moment. I promise I’ll keep working hard and make my country proud in the future also. I have come to be world champion now and, with God’s grace, I hope I’ll stand in front of you as Olympic champion, ”Nikhat said.
Only Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018) – the six-time champion, Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006) had won World Crowns titles for India before Nikhat.
In what was celebrated as the 20th anniversary of the Women’s World Crowns, the Indian platoon added three orders in Istanbul to take its overall census to 39 – the third loftiest after Russia’s 60 and China’s 50 orders.