Boxing: India announce team for Youth World Championship 2021

The boxing federation announced 10 girls and 10 boys for the World Championship in various weight categories

By Samrat Chakraborty

The Boxing Federation of India announced the squad for the upcoming Youth World Championship 2021 which is slated to be held from April 10-24 in Kielce, Poland.

This is the second tournament that the Indian youth boxers will be participating in since the Covid-19 pandemic. They had previously participated in the 30th Adriatic Pearl Tournament in Budva, Montenegro where they finished second behind Uzbekistan in the medals tally.

India women's team claimed 10 medals which included five gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Whereas, the men's team had won two bronze medals.

Alfiya Pathan (81+ Kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69 kg), N Babyrojisana Chanu (51 kg), Thokchom Sanamancha Sanu (75 kg) and Vinka (60 kg) who won gold at the Adriatic Pearl tournament will represent India in their respective categories in the World Championship as well.

Whereas, Gitika (48 kg), Arshi Khanam (54 kg), Poonam (57 kg), Nisha Gurjar (64 kg) and Khushi (81 kg) are the other participants in various weight categories.

Apart from winning gold, Vinka was also adjudged as the best boxer of the tournament in Montenegro.

In the men's section, Jugnoo, who won bronze at the Adriatic Pearl, will continue to fight in his usual 91+ kg category.

The other boxers in the men's squad are Chongtham B (49 kg), Vikas ( 52 kg), Sachin (56 kg), Akash Gorkha (60 kg), Ankit Narwal (64 kg), Sumit (69 kg), Manish (75 kg), Vinit (81 kg) and Vishal Gupta (91 kg).

Earlier this month, the selection trials were held at the national camp in Rohtak.

Previously, in 2017, India had won five medals in the World Championship whereas, in 2018, the tally doubled to 10 medals.

The tournament was scheduled to be held in November 2020, but got postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It must be noted Poland is currently witnessing a steep rise in Covid cases and the country is under partial lockdown.

But chief coach Bhaskar Bhat is hopeful that the championship will go ahead as scheduled.

"They are committed. I’m hopeful that the tournament will go ahead without a hitch. We are working on ring craft, something that is related to tactics. The boxers should be alert and be able to adapt to various situations. Also, they should be ready to devise a game plan according to the opponent on the day," he told The New Indian Express.

The Indian contingent will leave early in April to get acclimatised to the conditions. The coach believes that India will be able to put up a better performance than they did in 2018.

“I’m hopeful that we can do better than last time around. I’m confident that my wards will be able to meet the target," stated the coach.