Following the incredible performance at the recently concluded AIBA Women’s Youth Boxing Championship under the guidance of Italian coach Raffaele Bergamasco, the federation has now confirmed to give him another big responsibility. He is now the Performance Director for senior women pugilists.

India brought home numerous medals from AIBA and following the trend appointing Bergamasco is the proof that the sport authority is not taking women’s sport lightly.

“Raffaele has been appointed as Performance Director for women’s boxing. He will now also be a part of the team coaching the elite women along with coaching the Youth Women’s team,” a BFI official said during a felicitation function, TOI reported.

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Commenting on the additional responsibility and his plans for the team, Bergamasco said, “I am new to the team. Tomorrow I will look at them and will have a talk with the elite coaches. The strategy for the future will be the same as the youth team.”

“I don’t know about 2024 (Olympics). I will not say anything beforehand. We will go step by step and 2024 will be our best. The girls just need to keep working hard and we will keep on achieving,” he added.

The power package Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medalist, Mary Kom clinched a gold for the country, at the elite junior event last month. The other gold medallists at the elite junior event last month are Nitu (48kg), Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg),  and Ankushita Boro (64kg)

Not just gold, India had earlier won two bronze medals as well. This year, by far, was the biggest medal haul in the championship, followed by Russia (2 gold, 4 silver). Before this year’s tournament, for India, the best was managing to sweep just two gold medals at the Youth World Championships.

Anupama (81kg) and Neha Yadav (+81kg) were the bronze-winners for India, which at the end counted seven medals in all.

“I am so proud of the girls, they have performed so well. It’s a great achievement. They need the support along with the love and affection of the people,” Kom said.

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When asked about the success of the World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships, BFI President Ajay Singh said, “This is the first time that Boxing Federation is hosting an elite event of this stature and magnitude and it is very important to keep hosting such tournaments as we are now being seen as one of the boxing powerhouses.

 “We have already successfully hosted the Youth World Championship and now we are on course to host the India Open from January 28-February 1,” he added.

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