Hopes will be pinned to Kom to win a medal, with three golds already in her kitty this year. The 5 times world champion will compete in the 48 kg category.
On 27th September, Kom was also selected as the Tribes India’s brand ambassador. The boxer, who herself hails from Manipur, said she hoped to bring substantial changes in the life of India’s tribal population – both financially and economically.
She also expressed her will to win a gold medal for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 10 member squad will include the likes of Saweety Boora (75 kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81 kg), Sarita Devi (60 kg), Sonia Lather (57 kg), Simranjit (67 kg), Pinki Jangra (51 kg), Manisha (54 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) and Seema Poonia (81 kg) apart from Mary Kom (48 kg).
The selection is based on India’s dominating performances in the Silesian Championships and Ahmet Comert tournament held earlier this month.
India in the 13th Silesian Boxing Championship
In recently held Silesian Championships, Kom won a gold, by defeating Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kassanayeva in a 5-0 straight contest. This was her 3rd gold this year, showing how the 35-year-old is in a devastating form. Kom’s other golds came earlier this year at Indian Open and the Gold Coast commonwealth games.
Elsewhere, India won 4 bronze in the competition in the senior category through Sarita, Ritu Grewal, Lovlina and Pooja Rani.
Performances in the youth and junior competition
In the youth championship, Jyoti Gulia (51kg) won India’s lone medal – a gold. Gulia is a former World Championship and also India’s only boxer to have qualified for next month’s Youth Olympic Games, Argentina.
On the other hand, the junior competition the Indian contingent produced an excellent performance, winning 13 medals – six gold, six silver, and a bronze.
Ahmet Comert Tournament
While Mary Kom grabbed headlines for her gold in the Silesian Championship, India had earlier claimed 3 golds in the Ahmet Comert Tournament, held from 11-17 September.
Bhagyabati, Simranjit, Monika and, all won gold medals as Indian boxers notched up an unprecedented seven podium finishes. Pinki had to suffice by wining silver and Sonia won a bronze to sign off India’s third podium finish.
Simranjit defeated Turkey’s Sema Caliskan to win gold.
Bhagyabati defeated Selma Karakoyun of host nation Turkey, in the light heavyweight category. She also won the ‘most scientific player of the tournament’ award.
On the other hand, in the light fly category, Monika beat Ayse Cakir of Turkey to win the gold medal.
The World Championship will be crucial for India, especially in the build-up for the 2020 Olympics.