National women’s boxing c’ships to commence on December 31

The tourney will be held at the JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sports.

Representative Image: This is the first time the Nationals is being held at a privately run institute.   -  AP

The National women’s boxing championships, to be held here from December 31 to January 6, will double up as a selection trials for the camp to follow. The tourney will be held at the JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sports, which was recently inaugurated by Abhinav Bindra, the shooter.

This will be the first time that a national federation hosts the National championships at the privately-run institute. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) had hosted a conditioning camp for its men’s and women’s teams at this venue, ahead of the 2018 Asian Games.

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The championship will feature more than 300 of India’s best female boxers, aged between 19 and 40, across 10 weight categories.

Highlighting the importance of the Nationals, BFI president Ajay Singh said, “As a Federation when we took charge in 2016, our vision was to first restore the lost glory of Indian boxing and work towards making India a boxing powerhouse. The girls have paved the way for us and very soon you will see some more defining moments in Indian boxing.”

The elite Nationals kicks off on Sunday, December 30. The draw ceremony will be followed by the competition.