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Arundhati Choudhary is happy with the growth of girl boxers in Kota defying social odds

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Introduction

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Rajasthan has traditionally produced shooters and archers of international standards. However, India’s largest state is now all set to acquire fame in boxing also due to Arundhati Choudhary. The country’s one of the significant educational hubs, Kota has presented this female boxer who has already won AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship twice and steered Services (Indian Army) to create history in the recently held senior women’s national championship to bring medals for the first time in 88 years.

The Journey

Arundhati Choudhary comes from a wealthy family. Still, she and her parents had to undergo a formidable social obstruction before taking up boxing as a career. She was excellent in her studies. She was also an excellent basketball player at the school level. Arundhati was also aggressive in attitude and used to fight with boys sometimes. Arundhati was passionate about sports but her father asked her not to continue with basketball assuming that Arundhati might have to face typical politics and would not be able to succeed. Rather, her father advised her to take up boxing or wrestling according to her aggressive attitude. Arundhati was motivated by the examples of Mary Kom, Vijender Singh, and Phogat sisters and then Arundhati chose boxing as her career. In 2017 Arundhati Choudhary started getting success as a boxer.

Social Obstruction

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Still, it was not easy for Arundhati to continue boxing smoothly. Firstly, objection and criticism came from her relatives, friends, and neighbors. Arundhati remembered,

“Even today, my grandmother gets scared and says if I get any injury while playing the game no one will marry me. The parents in my locality always discouraged their daughters from taking up boxing.

Secondly, there was no proper boxing training center in Kota. So it became difficult for me to learn the techniques. So I started learning the techniques from a Wushu coach Ashoke Gautam.”

The Satisfaction

Today Arundhati is happy to have watched the change of scenario in Kota. She sounded highly content to have seen that the people around her society have shrugged off that social stigma that she and her parents had to undergo. She said,

“Today, the academy of Ashoke Gautam has turned into a boxing training school mainly from Wushu and it has already produced three more female boxers who have been taking part in different international competitions including the World Championships too. Along with them, more young girls are joining our boxing training center. Today I feel proud to say that mainly because of me, the girls, willing to take up boxing as a career, are being able to reply to their parents that boxing can also help to establish themselves professionally.”

The Aim

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Arundhati is now preparing herself to win a medal in the Under-22 Asian Championship, to be held in Bangkok at the end of January. Arundhati said,

“After the Asian Championship, my focus will be on The Asian Games.” 

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