The RSPB defends its title of team champion



Hisar (Haryana) [India], Oct. 27 (ANI): The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) successfully defended their tag team title as the fifth National Elite Women’s Boxing Championships wrapped up 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 the RSPB boxers won medals in each weight class, making it made an unforgettable performance.

The final day of the event, hosted by the Indian Boxing Federation (BFI) in association with the Haryana Boxing Sangh, also saw the dominating performances of Pooja Rani of Haryana, the two-time Asian champion, who beat so convincing Nupur 5- from RSPB. 0 in the 81kg class as well as her companion Neetu, who took a surprise victory by a unanimous margin over RSPB World Championships silver medalist Manju Rani in the 48kg class.

With the participation of over 320 boxers from 36 states / UT / boards, BFI successfully performed the sixth national event, with strict safety protocols, after sport resumed in the country after the COVID-19 pandemic. BFI President Ajay Singh was present at the tournament’s closing ceremony.

Silver medalist at the 2016 World Championships, Sonia Lather led the domination of the RSPB with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Manisha of All India Police in the 57 kg category. Later in the 60kg category, Meena Rani won the second team gold when she fought off a tough challenge from Haryana’s Jaismine to win the intense match 3-2. Jaismine received the best challenger award for his impressive show. Anamika (50kg), Shiksha (54kg) and Nandini (81kg) were the other RSPB pugilists who emerged as champions.

Haryana, whose boxers showed skill and application, took second place with nine medals (four gold, four silver and one bronze) while Delhi finished third with a medal of gold and two bronze.

Nikhat Zareen of Telangana also won the title in the 52 kg category, beating Minakshi of Haryana 4-1 in the final. Nikhat also presented the championships best boxer award for his brilliant performance in the event which surely would have caught the attention of coaches and selectors.

Meanwhile, in the 70kg category, reigning junior world champion Arundhati Choudhary from Rajasthan also put on a memorable show to win gold after beating Pooja of the RSPB 5-0.

The championship gold and silver medalists have carved out a place for themselves in the national coaching camp. The two remaining names for the camp in each category will be selected on the basis of performance in the selection events, 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 three teams from the last national championships – RSPB, Haryana and All India Police. (ANI)

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