After three days of trials, Lovlina Borgohain (70kg), a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, qualified for the women’s world championships.
Selections were made in addition to the 12 world championship categories.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the competition was eventually postponed, and it will now take place from May 6 to 21, as per the new schedule.
Other seasoned campaigners like Nikhat Zareen (52kg) and Pooja Rani (81kg) also qualified for the event.
Rani, who was left devastated by her father’s death earlier this month, will be looking for a comeback. She had to withdraw from the Strandja Memorial due to the incident. She has won two Asian gold medals.
Zareen was a foregone conclusion given her recent success as the first Indian woman boxer to win two gold medals at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament earlier this month.
Lovlina Borgohain overcame Arundhati Choudhary. The young world champion, who had gone to the Delhi High Court to contest the Assam star’s automatic selection when the world tournament was scheduled in December last year.
Borgohain will compete for the first time since a podium result in the 69kg division in Tokyo.
Why Mary Kom withdraw from the event?
Mary Kom, a six-time world champion, has withdrawn from both the world championship and the Asian Games. She wants to concentrate on the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July and August.
Manisha won her trial fights to qualify for both the showpiece events in 57kg. While the young Jasmine (60kg) and the seasoned Saweety Boora (75kg), who won a world silver medal in 2014, also made the cut.
Nitu (48kg), a gold medalist at the same competition, was also included in the world championship squad.
Nandini (+81kg), who won bronze in the Sofia event, was another recent Strandja medalist who qualified for the team.