Hisar: The Rail Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) successfully defended their tag team title as the 5th National Elite Women’s Boxing Championships came to a close on Wednesday at St Joseph’s International School in Hisar. The RSPB team concluded the prestigious event with 12 medals, including five gold, six silver and one bronze, and remarkably, RSPB boxers won medals in every weight class, making made a memorable performance.
The final day of the event, which was organized by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) in association with the Haryana Boxing Sangh, also witnessed dominating performances from Pooja Rani of Haryana, the two-time Asian champion, who convincingly beat RSPB’s Nupur 5-0 in the 81kg class as well as her teammate Nitu, who earned an upset win by a unanimous margin over RSPB’s World Championships silver medalist Manju Rani in the 48 kg category.
With more than 320 boxers from 36 states/UTs/boards participating, BFI successfully staged the sixth national event, with strict safety protocols, after the sport resumed in the country following the COVID-19 pandemic. BFI President Ajay Singh was present at the closing ceremony of the tournament.
Silver medalist at the 2016 World Championships, Sonia Lather led the RSPB dominance by recording a comfortable 5-0 victory over All India Police’s Manisha in the 57kg category. Later, in the 60kg category, Meena Rani handed the team the second gold medal when she avoided a tough challenge from Jaismine of Haryana to win the intense match 3-2. Jaismine received the best challenger award for her impressive show. Anamika (50kg), Shiksha (54kg) and Nandini (+81kg) are the other RSPB boxers who came out as champions.
Haryana, whose boxers showed skill and application, won second place with nine medals (four gold, four silver and one bronze) while Delhi finished third with one medal. gold and two bronze.
Nikhat Zareen of Telangana also clinched the title in the 52 kg category by beating Minakshi of Haryana 4-1 in the final. Nikhat also received the Championships Best Boxer award for his brilliant display in the event which would surely have caught the attention of coaches and selectors.
Meanwhile, in the 70kg category, reigning junior world champion Arundhati Choudhary of Rajasthan also put on a memorable show to claim gold after beating RSPB’s Pooja 5-0.
The gold and silver medalists from the championships earned spots at the national coaches camp. The two remaining names for the camp in each category will be selected based on performance at the selection trials, which will take place immediately after the nationals. In the trials, the bronze medalists will compete alongside boxers representing the second team of the top 3 teams from the last National Championships – Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), Haryana and All India Police.
(48kg) NEETU (HARYANA) v MANJU RANI (RSPB) 5-0; (50kg) ANAMIKA (RSPB) v KOMAL (PUNJAB) 5-0; (52kg) NIKHAT ZAREEN (TELANGANA) against MINAKSHI (HARYANA) 4-1; (54kg) SHIKSHA (RSPB) bt RENU(HARYANA) 3-2; (57kg) SONIA LATER (RSPB) bt MANISHA (AIP) 5-0; (60kg) MEENA RANI (RSPB) v JASMINE (HARYANA) 3-2; (63kg) PARVEEN (HARYANA) v MONIKA (RSPB) 5-0; (66kg) ANJALI TUSHIR (DELHI) v JYOTI (RSPB) 4-1; (70kg) ARUNDHATI CHOUDHARY (RAJASTHAN) v POOJA (RSPB) 5-0; (75kg) SAWEETY (HARYANA) v BHAGYABATI KACHARI (RSPB) 5-0; (81kg) POOJA RANI (HARYANA) v NUPUR (RSPB) 5-0; (+81kg) NANDINI (RSPB) against NEHA (HARYANA) 5-0