In this year Olympic bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain and former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen secured their places in the Indian women’s boxing team for Asian Games in Handzhou. Zareen settle her selection in 51kg division and Borgohain confirm her selection in 69kg spot that are held at the Indira Indoor Stadium. In last week both of them also made the World Championship squad with Zareen qualify with 52kg division and Borgohain to be success full with 70kg in the trials.
Borgohain beat Railways boxer Pooja, and Zareen defeated a silver-medallist from 2019 World Championship Manju Rani in the Asian Games trials. The Asian Games to be held in September 10 to 25. Selections were also confirmed for the Asian Games in three overlapping divisions i.e. 57kg, 60kg and 75kg. The Asian Games feature five women categories. Manisha won her trial bouts to make the cut for both the showpiece events in 57kg, while the promising Jaismine (60kg) and the experienced Saweety Boora (75kg), who won a world silver medal in 2014, also confirm twin selections for themselves.
The world championships will be a comeback of sorts for Borgohain that are held from 6 May in Istanbul, who has not competed since her bronze-winning feat at the Tokyo Olympics. The Assam boxer who has been training for the National Camp since last month, was being busy.
In last year, a 24 year-old became the only Third Indian Boxer to fetch an Olympic medal and joining an exclusive club which also includes Vijender Singh (2008, Beijing) and M C Mary Kom (2012, London). Six-time world champion Mary Kom will targeting the Commonwealth Games in this year.
After winning a gold medal, the 25-year-old Zareen has had a great start to the year, in the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was her second gold (after 2019) at the European, making her the first Indian to achieve this medal
The Commonwealth Games’s trials to be held in June. The men’s trials for both the Asia and CWG to be held in May.
In 2020 Summer Olympics, Lovlina Borgohain won bronze medal in women’s welterweight event and become only third Indian woman boxer to win medal in Olympics. In 2018 and 2019’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships she also won bronze medal. In the First India Open International Boxing Tournament which is held in New Delhi she won gold medal and Second India open International Boxing Tournament which are held in Guwahati she won silver medal also. In Olympics, Borgohain become first female athlete and second boxer from Assam to represent her state. She became sixth person from Assam which receives Arjuna Award in 2020 year. By Assam Government, Borgohain has been also appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police.
On 30 July 2021, she knock off the German boxer Nadine Apetz in primary rounds. Also she knock off Taiwan’s Chen Nien-chin which ansure her a medal. In last of the semi-finals she lost to be World No.1 and eventually Tokyo gold medallist Busenaz Sürmeneli and took the bronze medal to home.
With 12 boxers and 11 support staff, the Indian team left India on 20 April and entering to training camp in Turkey to the compition. The Goverment of India ha send a total amount of Rs. 92.12 lakh to help the training camp and compition for the team too.
In the Women’s 51kg category Nikhat is set to compete at the Asian Games.In SAI national center of excellence IG Stadium, in Delhi, she has been training along with another women’s boxing team.
IN 2008 Bijjing Olympics Vijendra Singh won medal for India. The Asian Championship bronze medallist Jaisamine won the medal. The winning moment of Jaismin also means that she will going to the Asian Games apart from the Worlds. And in other hand Nikhat Zareen for 52kg division had no problem to knock off Minakshi of Hryana by 7-0 verdict.
And the Assam’s girl Borghain for 70 kg was fighting in a competitive environment for the first time and returning home with the bronze medal during Tokoyo Olympics in tha last year. And The list of Indian Woman’s team for Asian Games are:
Nikhat Zareen for 51kg, Manisha for 57kg, Jaismine for 60kg, Lovlina Borgohain for 69kg and Saweety Boora for 75kg.