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Saweety Boora is an Indian boxer who has come into the limelight in the Indian boxing fraternity after winning the gold medal in Senior World Championship in the 81kg weight category recently in New Delhi. Saweety, however, has a silver medal in the same Women’s World Boxing Championship in 2014. That time she acquired the silver medal in the lightweight category. Her sister Siwi Bora is also a professional boxer.
Interestingly, Saweety Boora has another significant feat. In her debut in all three levels of competitions-in the state, national and international levels she won gold medals. Her first international medal was in 2011 in the Youth Asian Championship.
Saweety Boora: The Journey
Saweety’s journey was not easy. She originally hails from a village named Dighai but later they shifted to Hisar in Haryana. Her father Mahender Singh is a farmer and there was a time when the family was going through a severe financial crisis. Saweety was passionate about sports since childhood. She was a kabaddi player and was selected for the state team also. Simultaneously, she was very aggressive and famous in her school for beating even the elderly boys if they had done any mischief. Following advice from her father Saweety shifted from kabaddi to boxing and went to the SAI center, Hisar in 2008. But her family had to face strong disapproval from relatives, friends, and neighbors. She recalled,
“A section of my relatives and the people of our village Dighai criticized my parents vehemently for inspiring me and admitting me to the SAI center in Hisar to learn boxing. I will not ever forget the disdain and unkind words my parents had to listen to from the people around me at that time. My grandmother also supported me a lot along with my parents at that time.”
Mother Suman Devi has been the biggest inspiration of Saweety Boora. Boora married to Kabaddi Player Deepak Hooda in 2022. Saweety said,
“I shrug off my frustration and disappointment after talking to mother. I become extremely upset whenever I lose any bout. Immediately I call my mother and her inspiring words help me to get motivated and resume training.”
Saweety was moved by the congratulatory message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a phone call from legendary six-time World Champion Mary Kom.
The Aim of Saweety Boora
Saweety Bora now has a sole mission. That is to ensure a medal in the Paris Olympics next year. She said,
“That is my dream. I know 81kg is not included in Paris Olympics. I have to reduce weight and will have to fight in 75kg.”