The country’s pugilists got a mixed draw with defending champion Nikhat having an easy start when she faces Azerbaijan’s Anakhanim Ismayilova in the 50kg Round of 64. But defending her crown could be tough with potential opponents, the medalist Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ingrit Valencia of Colombia and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Tsukimi Namiki of Japan await her in the semi-finals and final respectively.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) received a bye in the first round, while Saweety Boora (81kg) will be just one victory away from securing the medal as she starts in the round of 16 after being byed in the first round. .
Lovlina will face Mexican Vanessa Ortiz in the round of 16. However, a tantalizing semi-final clash between two Olympic medalists will be on the cards as the Indian is placed with Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Li Qian of China in the same half.
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Jaismine Lamboria also faces tough hurdles as she will potentially have to overcome a strong title contender, Olympic Rio champion Estelle Mossely of France in the 60kg quarter-final while Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil is placed in the other half.
Similarly, Preeti (54kg), who starts her campaign against Hungary’s Hanna Lakotar, also had a tough run as she is set to face last edition silver medalists Lacramioara Perijoc from Romania and Jutamas Jitpong in the second and third rounds. respectively. Thai boxer Jitpong lost to Nikhat in the final of the last edition.
The prestigious tournament kicked off on Wednesday with a grand opening ceremony at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, which was also attended by Union Youth and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, IBA President Kremlev and President of BFI Ajay Singh.
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The tournament’s brand ambassador and six-time champion, the great MC Mary Kom, was also present along with the Bollywood star’s guest of honor, Farhan Akhtar.
The other boxers of the country Nitu Ghanghas (48kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (52kg), Manisha Moun (57kg), Shashi Chopra (63kg), Manju Bamboriya (66kg), Shruti Yadav (70kg) and Nupur Sheoran (+81kg) will have a relatively easy path to the current championship, hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) from March 15-26.
Besides Zareen, Sakshi, Nupur and Preeti will also be seen in action on Thursday. The world’s biggest boxing event, taking place in India for a record third time, will see high-tension action attended by 324 boxers, including several Olympic medalists, from 65 countries.
The biennial event will also see a huge prize pool of Rs 20 crore as boxers compete in 12 weight classes.
Shruti replaces Sanamacha
Sanamacha Chanu ruled out of the tournament after sustaining a concussion while training and the decision was made after a preliminary medical examination by the team doctor, keeping long-term health and prospects in mind. athlete’s future.
reserve boxer Shruti Yadav replaced Chanu and will represent the country in the 70 kg category.