- Indian contingent at the Asian Youth Boxing Championships bagged a total of 12 medals at the event.
- Five Indian women's boxers bagged gold medals and 3 bagged bronze medals in their respective categories, while men's boxers bagged 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals
- All the athletes were part of the Khelo India program.
Indian boxers bagged a total of 12 medals at the recently concluded Asian Youth Boxing Championships which were held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Five women participants secured gold medals in their respective categories along with 3 bronze medals, while the men boxers settled for 2 silver and bronze medals each.
Young boxers shine
The five gold medals came from women boxers, Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (64kg) Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Poonam (54kg) and Sushma (81kg).
The first gold came from Poonam, who defeated Chinese pugilist Weiqi Cai. Following Poonam, Sushma added gold to India’s account as she defeated Kazakhstan’s Bakytzhankyzy. Another Kazakh, Anel Barkyah was defeated by Naorem Chanu who made the gold tally 3 for India. Vikika then proceded to defeat Chinese boxer Haini Nulataiali and making it no.5 for India was Sanamachu Chanu who is a graduate of MC Mary Kom’s academy in Manipur as she defeated Uzbeki boxer Navbakhor Khamidova.
The contributions in the Bronze medals for men and women came from Arundhati Choudhury (69kg), Komalpreet Kaur (81+kg), Jaismine (57kg), Satender Singh (91kg) and Aman (91+kg)
By now the tally of medals came up to 10. The only 2 silver medals were added to the overall tally of 12 were Indian men boxers, Selay Soy in the 49kg category and Ankit Narwal in the 60kg category.
All of the medal winners are athletes of the Khelo India program, which was aimed at developing sports among the people of India.
To make India a competitive nation in terms of sports, grassroots programmes are key to the development of athletes and the identification of future talent. Programmes like Khelo India will encourage participation for Indian youth in various sports and it is clearly evident with the success of the young Indian boxers in the Asian Boxing Championships.