India’s youth women pugilists continued their dominating run on the world stage as they clinched three gold and one bronze medal in the 7th Nations Cup.
“We want to field the strongest team possible for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games and for that these young guns need foreign exposure and training at the highest level. We are making sure that they get all that so that they can repeat our recent feat in the World Youth Boxing Championship,” BFI President Ajay Singh said.
Newly inducted pugilists in the youth category, Jony (60kg) breezed past Hungary’s Viktoria Matesz in the final bout while Lalita (64kg) outclassed a valiant Karina Kuzheleva of Russia to punch their way to gold.
The third gold came India’s way through Nandini in the 81kg category as she beat Alesandra Jonca of Poland in a pulsating contest. However, Rajbala (54kg) had to settle for the bronze after losing out to another Polish pugilist Kaluza Beata in her semifinal bout.
Jyoti Gulia, who has already qualified for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games, courtesy her heroics in the World Youth Boxing Championships and the fact that she was born after 1999, will be leading India’s charge. A number of other pugilists are expected to join her in India’s quest to emulate a gallant medal tally.