10-Member Squad for Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships
All India Boxing Association (AIBA) has selected a total of 10-member boxing squad for the upcoming Youth Women’s World Championship starting on November 19. Assam star boxer Ankushita Boro along with six pugilists from Haryana—Neetu (48kg), Jyoti (51kg), Sakshi (54kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg), Anupama (81kg) and Neha Yadav (81kg +) are in the squad.
Three others come from Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh—Vanlalhriapuii (60kg), Astha Pahwa (69kg) and Niharika Gonella (75kg) respectively.
“This is a fine lineup. Each of them is in tremendous shape and we are confident that they will bring in a number of medals,”
AIBA felicitated extensive training and a number of exposure trips for the team members.
This September, Boro, Gonella and Chopra came back winning silver medals at the Ahmet Comert Boxing Championships for youth women boxers in Istanbul, Turkey. Boro also won silver at the Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship in Bulgaria.
“I feel this is a huge opportunity for all of us as the World Championship is happening in India. It will give us an upper hand when we fight our opponents in front of our home crowd,” she said.
“Personally, I will feel no pressure facing anyone as I believe in my capabilities. I will look to punch my way through to the finals of the tournament,” the local star said.
The team is currently training in Guwahati and preparing for the big championship along with the other international teams. The other teams have arrived from overseas to get comfortable with condition here. The championship will take place between November 19 and 26. A total of 193 registered boxers from 39 countries hope to make a cut for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But those born in 2000 and competing at Flyweight (51kg), Featherweight (57kg), Lightweight (60kg) and Middleweight (75kg) will chase a quota place for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
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