New Delhi [India], March 10 (ANI): The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Friday unveiled the mascot ‘Veera’ for the upcoming IBA Women’s World Championships 2023, scheduled from March 15 to 26 on the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi.
The announcement was made within the presence of Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, BFI President Ajay Singh together with the Indian contingent collaborating within the prestigious occasion, as per a press launch from BFI.
The mascot Cheetah, which is known as Veera, is synonymous to power, valour, bravery and braveness. Just like Cheetah, the world’s quickest animal on land identified for his or her pace, boxers beat their opponents with fast moments within the ring. Veera, the epitome of power and braveness, represents all the ladies boxers.
“We have to make a habit of hosting [big] international events. As we are organising World Boxing Championships, I would request Ajay ji that we should give opportunities for young boxers from across the country to come here and watch Indian as well as international stars, meet coaches through some program. It will be a big chance for them to get an idea about the preparation that they would need to do in order to reach that level in the future. I also congratulate BFI, Ajay Singh and Team for hosting the Boxing World Championships for the third time and wish the best luck to all the players,” Thakur mentioned.
Accepting the Minister’s suggestion, BFI President Ajay Singh mentioned the BFI will strive their greatest to get the younger boxers and coaches from throughout the nation on the event, giving them the chance to study from the highest stars of the game.
“Anurag Singh Thakur has taken on the mantle of ensuring India become a power to be reckoned with in the world of sports. Boxing is trying to contribute to that larger objective. We are the third-ranked boxing nation in the world. We are very proud of our women’s boxing team. There will be the highest number of countries and boxers participating in the tournament. We just hope all of you [boxers] do exceedingly well and let’s put on a spectacular show for the entire world to see,” BFI President Singh commented.
Top names from the boxing world, together with eight Olympics medallists, will battle for the title on the event which India will likely be internet hosting for the report third time. The occasion will even see an enormous prize pool of Rs 20 crore.
2020 Tokyo Bronze medallist, Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) has two World Championships bronze medals to her identify to date and can be part of seven different Olympic medallists boxing for glory within the upcoming Championships.
Nikhat Zareen, however, will defend her title within the 50kg class. She grew to become the world champion within the 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nitu Ghanghas will even characterize the nation within the 48kg class. The two-time Youth World Champion will look so as to add yet one more main medal to her identify.
Manisha Moun who introduced herself on the worldwide stage with spectacular performances on the 2018 World Championships in Delhi will likely be representing the nation within the extremely aggressive 57kg featherweight class. Manisha gained the bronze medal on the 2022 World Championships.
2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaismine Lamboria has been a quarter-finalist within the 2022 version and can field within the 60kg class.
Young pugilists Preeti and Sanamacha Chanu will characterize India within the 54kg and 70 kg classes respectively. Preeti gained a bronze medal on the 2022 Asian Championships whereas Sanamcha is the 2021 Youth World Champion and lately grew to become the National Champion in her class.
The reigning Asian and nationwide champion Saweety Boora will likely be competing within the 81kg weight class. The skilled campaigner, who gained a silver medal within the 2014 World Championships in South Korea will likely be wanting to proceed her spectacular type so as to add to her medal tally.
Youth World Champions Sakshi Chaudhary (52kg) and Shashi Chopra (63kg) together with 2019 South Asian Games gold medallist Manju Bamboria (66kg) will likely be wanting to show their mettle of their respective classes on the World Championships.
In the 81kg heavyweight class, India’s medal hopes will likely be shouldered by the reigning National Champion Nupur Sheoran.
The occasion will see a complete prize pool of Rs 20 crore – Rs 10 crores being the pool for gold medallists. Boxers who end as runners-up of their classes in addition to those that declare bronze will obtain their prizes from swimming pools of Rs 5 crores respectively.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) will likely be internet hosting the Women’s World Boxing Championships for the third time, most ever by any nation for the reason that event’s inception and a complete of 350 boxers, together with the 12 Indians, from 74 international locations have registered to date for this biennial occasion.
Indian Squad- 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 (81kg). (ANI)