India named its powerful team for the 1st World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event

India announced its nine-strong squad for the upcoming 1st World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which will be held in Busto Arsizio, Italy in the beginning of March.

Four of the Indian girls such as the two-time World Champion Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Preeti (54kg), Parveen Hooda (57kg) and the Tokyo bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) have already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. All of the four women boxers achieved fantastic results in the Asian Games and other international championships as well.

Jaismine Lamboriya is a tall boxer at the women’s lightweight (60kg) and she represented India in the recent Asian Games and Commonwealth Games as well. The 23-year-old boxer progressed rapidly in terms of speed and technique and following her national title, she received the right once again to compete for India in Busto Arsizio.

Arundhati Choudhary had to meet China’s eventual winner Yang Liu in the preliminary round in the Asian Games and this time she was replaced by Ankushita Boro at the women’s welterweight (66kg). Boro was born in 2000 and she achieved a gold medal at the 2017 edition of the Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati.

There is a huge rivalry at the men’s flyweight (51kg) between two stars, Deepak Bhoria and the Asian Games winner Amit Panghal. The first was selected to participate in the 1st World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event once again and he can expect hard battles against the Kazakh, US, Cuban, Colombian, Filipino, English, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Japanese and other stars.

Mohammed Hussamuddin joined the national team in 2014 and since then he has claimed bronze medals in the World Boxing Championships, Commonwealth Games and other main events. The featherweight (57kg) veteran returned to the squad and he replaced the Youth World Champion Sachin who competed for India at the Asian Games.

Shiva Thapa earned a record number of medals in the history of the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships and the 31-year-old boxer is still in the national team at the light welterweight (63.5kg). He acquired his first huge achievement still in 2009 and after 15 years of routine, he is aiming for his third Olympic quota.

Nishant Dev bagged the bronze medal at the last World Boxing Championships and he will have a busy job in the record-breaking light middleweight (71kg) in Italy. Lakshya Chahar earned several national titles and he fought out his place in the squad once again therefore the quick boxer will represent Team India at the light heavyweight (80kg).

Sanjeet Kumar achieved a gold medal at the 2021 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Dubai, UAE and he has six years of international experience to earn a quota at the heavyweight (92kg). There are several strong options for the Indian head coach at the men’s super heavyweight (+92kg) and among them Narender Berwal have been selected to compete in Busto Arsizio.

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