India fields highest ever contingent of Boxers for 2018 AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship

By | May 1, 2018

New Delhi, 30 April 2018: After securing a rich haul of 11 medals at the Asian Youth Boxing Championships in Bangkok last week, Indian boxing got yet another huge shot in the arm as 16 young pugilists booked their spots for the 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship, the second highest by any Asian country in fray.

A total of 10 women and six men have made the cut for the prestigious AIBA World Championships. The challenge in the women’s department will be spearheaded by 2017 World Youth Champion Nitu (48 kg) and Shakshi (57 Kg) while national champion Jony (60 kg) will look to pounce on this opportunity after missing out on the World Championship last year. Accompanying them will be World Youth Championship bronze medalist Neha Yadav (+81 kg), 2018 Asian Youth Championship Gold Medallist Manisha (64 kg) and Lalita (69 kg) along with Silver Medallists Anamika (51 kg), Astha Pahwa (75 kg)and Sakshi Gaidhani (81 kg) and Bronze medal winner Divya Pawar (54 kg).

In the men’s department, Asian Youth Championship silver medalist Ankit (60 kg) will be spearheading the mantle to lead the Indian contingent to glory. While bronze medallist at the recently held Asian Youths, Bhavesh Kattimani (52 kg) along with Akash Kumar (56 kg), Akash (56 kg), Vijay Deep (69 kg) and Ronak (81 kg) will also look to bring home laurels for the country.

“We have a strong and talented pool of youth boxers who are not only ensuring performances in World and Asian level but also will have a crucial role play in fulfilling our goal of producing Champion players for the 2024 Olympics. The manner in which these youth boxers have performed over the past one year, I can confidently say that we are on the right track towards our mission of finding the best boxers for 2024 Olympics,” BFI President, Ajay Singh explained while throwing light on the bigger picture behind these successes.

“Just the mere no of boxers that have qualified for the World Championship this year alone is second highest in Asia and is a clear indication that we are on the right track as we work to become the leading boxing nation of the World.” he further added.

The World Championship will also serve as the last opportunity for the Indian boxers to qualify a complete field for the Youth Olympics to be held in Buenos Aires at the end of the year. India has 5 quota including three for men and two for women boxers. Jyoti Gulia (51 kg) having already booked her stay at the marquee youth event  by virtue of being crowned a Gold medallist in the 2017 World Championship in 2017, that was held in Guwahati last year.

The 16 young pugilists will be making their trip to Budapest in Hungary this August in search of glory.

About Boxing Federation of India (BFI)

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is recognised by AIBA and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GOI) as the nodal body responsible for the development and promotion of Olympic-style boxing in India. BFI has hosted seven national tournaments and one major International tournament in last one year, attracting over 300 national and close to 100 international boxers in each of the championships. It has hosted the AIBA 1-star course R&J certification course and seminar as well as the AIBA Cutman courses. BFI, in association with AIBA and SAI, is also setting up a world-class boxing academy at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. It also plans to start 8 satellite academies across the country. BFI has also organised successfully the AIBA World Youth (Women) Boxing Championship for the first time in November 2017 and is set to host the prestigious AIBA Women’s World Championship in 2018 and the AIBA Men’s World Championship in 2021. BFI backed India Tiger’s team is also participating in the AIBA World Super Boxing League for the first time and have qualified for the knock out stage in the World Series. Indian boxers have also registered their best ever show at the recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games as they returned with 9 medals including three gold medals. All eight of the male boxers have won medal in Gold Coast, another feat for Indian Boxing.

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