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City girls ready to punch

AFTER WRESTLING, City girls are geared up to show their prowess in boxing ring in the Late Prasoon Sarang Memorial state boxing championship at SAI Training Centre from January 20.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 01:04 IST

AFTER WRESTLING, City girls are geared up to show their prowess in boxing ring in the Late Prasoon Sarang Memorial state boxing championship at SAI Training Centre from January 20.

Eight girls from Bhopal will enter the boxing ring in different weight categories of the championship. Talking to Hindustan Times, their coach Sugandha Paradkar, the first NIS woman boxer of the State, said girls have shown keen interest in this game.

“Though women’s boxing is new in this region, some enthusiastic girls seem willing to opt it as a career”, she added. This is a right time for girls to join as it is relatively new discipline and, therefore, competition is not tough.

“Only Jabalpur has provided platform for women boxers so far. The Bhopal championship will be a big platform for City’s female wannabe boxers”, said the confident coach.

The amount of interest of girls in boxing could be gauged from the fact that over 50 from across the State are participating in the championship.

When asked about problems faced by girls in joining the game, Sugandha admitted around the world women’s boxing is viewed by many with scepticism, and sometimes downright hostility.

In India most of the female boxers have had to overcome stiff objections from their families and local communities. However, she added, that boxers like M C Marykom from Manipur and others have proved that girls too are able to do wonder in this game.

Morale of the Bhopal girls being trained under Sugandha is quite high. Mehak Chadar, all of 10, joined boxing a year back. She is confident of defeating opponent. “I have done hard work,” she exuded confidence.

Vasudha, who had secured first place in district and divisional level championship, wished to be an international boxer.

“My ideals are Marykom anLaila Ali. Their way of aggressive and attacking game attracted me a lot”, said Vasudha. Savitri, Deepa, Priyanka and Neha Kashyap are the other participants of the Bhopal team.

First big event
FOR THE first time a state level boxing championship is being organised in the City. Over 250 boxers will contest in sub junior, junior, senior and women’s categories. “Our objective is to popularise boxing in the Central region. This game was not getting proper treatment”, said the organising committee secretary Vishwas Sarang.