Women’s boxing nationals to be held in October

The fifth edition of the national championships will be held in Hisar, Haryana. It was called off in 2020 due to COVID.

By Rahul Venkat
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The women’s boxing national championships 2021 will be held from October 21-27, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) announced on Wednesday.

The women’s nationals, which were called off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be hosted at the St. Joseph International School in Hisar, Haryana.

Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain and two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani were among the gold medal winners in the last edition of the nationals, held in Vijayanagara, Karnataka in early 2019.

Performance at the national competition will determine selection for the world boxing championships, scheduled towards the end of the year.

There will be 12 weight categories at the event - 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 81kg and +81kg - in accordance with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) rules.

The draw for the women’s national championships will be held on October 20.

“We’ve resumed the domestic circuit slowly but steadily. Complete safety precautions have been taken for our boxers and support staff as well as for the others involved in organising the tournaments in these unprecedented times,” BFI president Ajay Singh said in a press release.

The men’s boxing national championships were held earlier this month.