Felicitation Ceremony: BFI and SAI felicitate World Championships medallists Nikhat, Parveen, and Manisha in New Delhi
Felicitation Ceremony: The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) felicitated all three medalists from the 12th IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on Tuesday, May 24, at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.
With one gold and two bronze medals from the prestigious competition, the Indian team secured the third position in the team rankings with 23 points, trailing only Turkey (48 points) and Ireland (23 points).
Who attended the felicitation ceremony?
Anurag Thakur, the Union Sports Minister attended the facilitation ceremony which took place at Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi,
The BFI President Ajay Singh, SecretFGN General Hemanta Kalita, Treasurer Digvijay Singh, Vice President Debojo Maharshi, and DG SAI Sandeep Pradhan were also there at the ceremony and congratulated the boxers on their achievements.
Indian Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur praised and congratulated the medal winners and stated that we should appreciate present achievements while always aspiring for the next championship while addressing the occasion.
Mr. Thakur said, “Our Betiya (daughters) have made us proud. There was a time when Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi used to talk about Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and now it is bearing fruit. Nikhat said that she doesn’t want to stop; she wants to win more medals.
“We need this passion and dedication from all of you. We have to move on. You are the inspiration for grassroots athletes. The TOPS scheme has ensured that everyone gets the facilities. We must celebrate what we have achieved today but always aim for the next big championship. Let us bring more medals to India in 2024”, added the Minister.
Whereas the BFI President Ajay Singh.“It’s really great that you did so well at the World Championships, but this is not where we have to stop. This whole exercise that we have is about the Olympics, which are only two years away. A big vote of thanks to the Ministry of Sports and Sports Authority of India for all their support.”
Women’s World Boxing Champion Nikhat Zareen
Nikhat Zareen (52kg) won her first medals at the world’s largest boxing competition, becoming the country’s sixth gold medalist, while Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) got bronze. at the event, which wrapped last week in Istanbul, Turkey.
Nikhat said, “I thank everyone for congratulating us and cheering us on today and promise that I will continue to work hard and make my country proud in the future as well.”
She added, “I have become a world champion now and with the grace of God I hope to stand in front of you as an Olympic champion,” Nikhat said.”
Before her only MFGN Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 a, and 2018), the six-time champion, Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) a, and Lekha KC (2006) had won World Championship titles for India.
The Indian team won three medals at Istanbul, which marked the 20th anniversary of the Women’s World Championship, bringing their total to 39, the third-highest behind Russia’s 60 and China’s 50.