BFI, SAI felicitate World Championships medallists Nikhat, Parveen and Manisha

24-05-2022 Tue 22:55 IST | IANS | Sports
BFI, SAI felicitate World Championships medallists Nikhat, Parveen and Manisha

New Delhi, May 24:  The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Tuesday felicitated all three medal winners of the 12th IBA Women's World Boxing Championships at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here, which was also attended by Sports minister Anurag Thakur.

With one gold and two bronze medals from the prestigious tournament, the Indian team secured third position in the team rankings with 23 points after Turkey (48 points) and Ireland (23 points) who finished first and second respectively.

While speaking at the felicitation ceremony, Anurag Thakur congratulated the medal winners and said that we must celebrate current achievements but always keep aiming for the next championship.

"Our betis (daughters) have made us proud. There was a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi used to speak about Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and now it's bearing fruit. Nikhat said she doesn't want to stop; she wants to win more medals. We need this passion and dedication from you all. We have to keep going forward. You are the inspiration for grassroots athletes. The TOPS scheme has ensured everyone gets the facilities. We must celebrate what we have achieved today but always aim for the next big Championships. Let's bring more medals for India in 2024," the minister said.

BFI president Ajay Singh, secretary general Hemanta Kalita, treasurer Digvijay Singh, vice-president Debojo Maharshi and Sandeep Pradhan, DG SAI were also present on the occasion as they interacted with the boxers and congratulated them on medal-winning feats.

"It's really great that you've done so well at the World Championships but this is not where we have to stop. This entire exercise we have is about the Olympics which are just two years away. Huge vote of thanks to the Ministry of Sports and Sports Authority of India for all their support," Ajay Singh said.

Clinching their maiden medals at the world's biggest boxing tournament, Nikhat Zareen (52kg) became the country's only fifth woman to win gold while Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) bagged bronze medals at the event, concluded in Istanbul last week.

"I thank everyone for felicitating and encouraging us today. I promise, I will keep working hard and make my country proud in future also. Have become world champion now and with God's grace I hope I will stand in front of you as Olympic champion," Nikhat said.

Only Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018)-the six-time champion, Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006) had won World Championships' titles for India before Nikhat.

In what was celebrated as the 20th anniversary of the Women's World Championships, the Indian team added three medals in Istanbul to take its overall tally to 39-the third highest after Russia's 60 and China's 50 medals.



More News
Rebel YSRCP MP booked for assaulting Andhra cop in Hyderabad
4 hours ago
Cricketers K.S Bharat, Ricky Bhui, Ashwin Hebbar set to play in Andhra Premier League
4 hours ago
Victim of domestic abuse, French actress posts shocking pics on Instagram
6 hours ago
Post on Samantha's Insta handle causes a flutter; tech glitch, her manager says
6 hours ago
CJI Ramana in UK cites 'judicial vacancies, pendency of cases, absence of infra'
7 hours ago
Hyderabad woman loses Rs 39 lakh in cyber fraud
7 hours ago
BJP planning to send veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty to Rajya Sabha
9 hours ago
'Uyir Urugudhey' video from Vikram-starrer 'Cobra' garners million views in 12 hrs
9 hours ago
Director booked by Delhi Police over controversial 'Kaali' poster
9 hours ago
Embarrassment to TRS as party leader targets Education Minister
9 hours ago
Ducati releases Streetfighter V4 SP sport bike in India at Rs 34.99 lakh
9 hours ago
ENG v IND, 5th Test: Root, Bairstow slam unbeaten tons in England's clinical seven-wicket win
9 hours ago
F3 collects Rs 134 crore gross worldwide in 40 days; OTT release on July 22
9 hours ago
Minister Sabitha reacts to Teegala’s land grabbing allegations
9 hours ago
Megastar Chiranjeevi changes his name; 'Godfather' first look revealed
10 hours ago
VH extends support to Revanth after lunch at Vishnuvardhan’s house
10 hours ago
Popular Vaastu expert Chandrashekar Guruji stabbed to death in K'taka
11 hours ago
BJP-Jana Sena alliance will contest in next Assembly elections: Somu Veerraju
11 hours ago
'Ponniyin Selvan' team releases Karthi's Chola commander look
11 hours ago
David Warner's wife fumes over life-time ban on husband from taking up leadership role in Australia
12 hours ago