The Indian boxing contingent is ready to punch above their weight as they started training at the camp, organised especially ahead of the 13th edition of the Women's World Boxing Championships which will be held from March 15 to 26 at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi.
The top 12 Indian boxers, selected for the Championships, trained at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Sunday for the first time after reaching Delhi ahead of the tournament. They were also accompanied by pugilists from France, South Africa, Morocco and Sri Lanka as part of the joint training camp, as per a press release from the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).
The training camp is being organized by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) with the support of the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). The leading Maharatna Company under the Ministry of Power signed a support agreement with BFI in February and as part of the long-term agreement, this training camp will a key initiative.
The joint boxers training focused on getting acclimatised and fine-tune the technical aspect of the game during the training session. The pugilists mostly used the school combat training style to get into the rhythm without the risk of getting injured.
The BFI will be hosting the Women's World Boxing Championships for the third time, most ever by any country since the tournament's inception and a total of 395 boxers, including the 12 Indians, from 78 countries have registered so far for this biennial event.
The event will also see a total prize pool of INR 20 crore - INR 10 crores being the pool for gold medallists. Boxers who finish as runners-up in their categories as well as those who claim bronze will receive their prizes from pools of INR 5 crores respectively.
Nitu Ghanghas (48kg), Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (52kg), Preeti (54kg), Manisha Moun (57kg), Jaismine Lamboria (60kg), Shashi Chopra (63kg), Manju Bamboria (66kg), Sanamcha Chanu (70kg), Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), Saweety Boora (81kg) and Nupur Sheoran (81+kg). (ANI)