Boxing: Ankit Narwal, Gitika, Alfiya Pathan to spearhead Indian challenge in Youth World Championship
New Delhi, March 27, 2021
Ankit Narwal and Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu will spearhead a 20- member Indian squad, consisting of ten men and ten women, in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships to be held at Kielce, Poland from April 10-24.
Besides Narwal (64 kg), the Asian Youth Championship silver medalist, the other pugilists who will fight it out for the top honours for the country in the men's section include Asian Junior Champion Chongtham Bishwamitra (49kg). He was highly impressive in the trials where he defeated khelo India gold medallist Priyanshu Dabas.
The other boxers who made the cut for the Youth World Championships are Vikas (52), Sachin (56kg), Akash Gorkha (60kg), Sumit (69kg), Manish (75kg), Vinit (81 kg), Vishal Gupta (91kg) and Jugnoo (+91kg).
Fresh from the heroics at the recent Adriatic Pearl Tournament, 2019 Asian Youth champion Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (60kg), Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Alfiya Pathan (+81kg) and three-time Khelo India gold medalist Arundhati Choudhary (69kg) are the key highlights of the formidable women’s side.
The five pugilists, who produced gold medal-winning performances and ensured team finish atop the table in Montenegro last month, will be accompanied by Gitika (48kg), Arshi Khanam (54kg), Poonam (57kg), Nisha (64kg) and Khushi (81kg) to present a tough Indian challenge in the women’s category at the championship.
The championship is a biennial event which had men’s and women’s championships played together for the first time in 2018 in Hungary, where the Indian contingent finished with two gold, two silver and six bronze medals. And one of the finest finishes also came in the 2017 edition where India finished atop the table with five gold medals.
The team will be leaving on March 31 for a 10-day advanced preparatory camp in Wladyslawowo, Poland and following that they will be participating in the World Championships which will witness a highly competitive action in the presence of 487 boxers from 66 nations.