BFI also launched the logo and anthem for AIBA World Boxing Championship, depicting Fire and Women Empowerment.
Ahead of Women’s World Cup Boxing Championships, the Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom is named as the brand ambassador of this international event. The 10th edition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women World Championships is slated to be held between November 15 and 24 in New Delhi.
The five-time world champion is all set to pry for her 6th World Championships title and second Gold at home since 2006.
Appreciating the efforts of Mary Kom in the field of Boxing, Ajay Singh, President of Boxing Federation of India, said, “The Olympic medalist is an icon not only in India but also abroad for her perseverance. Her ability to retain passion and fight with the same aggression is what makes Mary Kom very special. Around the world, she has a lot of admirers and everyone respects her for the achievements as they are inspired by her journey. And we too do that.”
The BFI also unveiled the logo and the anthem for the Women’s World Boxing Championships. The logo which depicted women empowerment brings in the two major elements for the event – one being the inner strength of women and our national colours. This logo signifies how proud we are as a country to host this championship for the second time.
The AIBA event will be witnessing the highest ever participation so far. The participants will be coming from across 70 countries including many Olympic, European and World champions, all waiting to put up their best bouts in the 10-kg weight categories.
The theme of the anthem is: “Make some noise, scream and shout! We are here to knock you out!” This theme brings out the nostalgia of every boxer out there, who goes through the hard work and grit when she goes to the ring. Every emotion that a boxer goes through when she takes to the ring surmounts the energy of the anthem, thus leaving a heartfelt impact on the listeners.
The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Minister, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also wished the participants a good luck for their endeavours in the upcoming championship, “It is with immense delight that I note the arrival of the Boxing World Championship to India. Our athletes, especially our women athletes, have defied all odds to excel in their sports, and women boxers of India are the testament to this. They have inspired not only upcoming sportspersons but women in general as well.”
Adding to his good luck note, he further said, “Such competitions, when held in India, will continually inspire and encourage our younger generations to include sports as a part of their lifestyle. Such events, thus, have the potential to change society completely, for the better. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports lends its wholehearted support to the championship, and wishes the organizers and participants all the best!”
The BFI President Ajay Singh also added, “It is a matter of immense pride and prestige for BFI that in a span of two years since its inception, we have been able to bring in the World Championship to India; we as a nation are strongly considered as one of the most promising boxing prospects in the world. Our boxers in the last two years have not only won medals at major tournaments but also have shown their prowess on all big stages. I hope we will be able to repeat the feats at home when we start our Worlds’ Campaign next month.”
Since the time this World championship has begun in 2001, India had once hosted this event in 2006 and had bagged 8 medals, which included 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.
Expressing her joy, Mary Kom said, “This World Championship is special in lot many ways, I would definitely give my best shot and want to live the feeling of winning gold in front of the home crowd,” quoted the five-time World Champion.
The championship will continue between November 15 and 24.
Here is the list of participants in the Indian Team: Mary Kom (48 Kg), Pinky Jangra (51 Kg), Manisha Maun (54 Kg), Sonia (57 Kg), L Sarita Devi (60 Kg), Simranjit Kaur (64 Kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 Kg), Saweety Boora (75 Kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81 Kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 Kg).