Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nikhat Zareen on her gold medal at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Thursday. PM Modi also praised Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda for winning bronze medals at the World Championships, as India finished with three medals. “Our boxers have earned our admiration!” Congratulations to @nikhat Zareen on winning the Women’s World Boxing Championship gold medal. “In the same tournament, I congratulate Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda on their bronze medals,” PM Modi sent out a tweet.
Nikhat, an Indian boxer, won the championship with a score of 5-0. Nikhat lived up to the hype, thrashing Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas in the 52kg final without breaking a sweat, with judges scoring the battle 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in the Indian’s favour. After record six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006), and Lekha KC (2006), the Nizamabad (Telangana) fighter became the only fifth Indian woman to win a gold medal in the World Boxing Championships (2006). It was also India’s first gold medal since Mary Kom, the boxing legend, won it in 2018.