Women boxers Pinki Rani and Sarita Devi are optimistic ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and are training hard to change the bronze and silver colors of their medals to gold. Both these women boxers had brought laurels to the country at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Women Boxers – Here is Pinki Rani’s story!
“I enjoy taking tough challenges. We double our hard work seeing a tough challenge. Last time, I gave my 100 percent, and this time I will give 120 per cent to change the color of the medal,” Pinki told ANI.
Pinki will spearhead India’s challenge at the CWG 2018 in women’s 51 kg weight category after her dominating run to the gold at the India Open.
Talking about the competition in the category, Pinki said, “Last year also the CWG had 51 kg category, so definitely this year we will have a bigger competition. The Olympics also have this weight category. Countries field very strong contestants in this category, so, I have prepared myself according to that.”
The 27-year-old boxer added that she would continue to play her game of aggression to eye medal at the CWG Games.
“I have always adopted the game of aggression. I have all the medals by keeping myself in a dominant position. I have sharpened myself on that only. I have worked on my speed, stamina,” Pinki said.
The Indian contingent for the 2018 CWG Games also includes MC Mary Kom (48kg), Laishram Devi (60-kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69-kg).
Talking about Mary Kom, the Haryana boxer said that having a veteran boxer in the team helps in boosting the confidence of the players.
“It gives us immense confidence that we are part of a team which also includes a five time world champion and Olympic medallist. Having a strong contender like her creates pressure on the players of other countries,” the pugilist said.
Pinki further hailed the Indian boxers, saying that they have the skills to outplay any boxer on a world stage.
“Indian doesn’t lack in any skill if we compare to other countries. When we go for training in other countries, they consider us as strong contenders. Foreign players may outlay us in terms of speed but we excel in aggression and will power, which eventually helps us in scoring medals,” she said.
Women Boxers – Sarita Devi oozes confidence!
Indian boxer Sarita Devi is focused on giving her 100 percent and hopeful of picking up a gold medal at the prestigious Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Talking to ANI, Sarita, who won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships last year, revealed that her preparations have been going pretty well and that Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is providing full support to the players.
“Training has been going pretty good. Last time, there were some disturbances because of federation. But now, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has come which is supporting us really well. They have started promoting boxing in the country in both women and men’s category. They have inaugurated Indian Open in India. They have called coaches from foreign. We are getting good support now and are also training well. So, I am hopeful to clinch a gold medal this time around,” Sarita said.
Last year, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has been recognised as a national body by the Indian Olympic Association, which removed the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as its affiliate after months of indecision.
Sarita said that the situation has improved a lot since the recognition of the BFI and that the federation is helping in raising the standard of boxing in both men’s and women’s category.
“Our aim has always been to prepare ourselves to come out victorious against every opponent. They also come with proper training. Winning and losing is a part and parcel of the game. We are focused on giving our 100 percent and clinch gold. Other countries have started giving tough competition after they started featuring in Olympic Games. We have neither got support and nor did we get exposure of participating in the tournaments earlier. But new federation has been trying hard in raising the standard if women boxing,” she concluded.
Sarita (60kg), a former world and Asian champion, fetched a silver medal at the India Open in January before making it to the semi-finals of the Asian Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.