Nikhat happy to be back in the ring

Nikhat Zareen of India staged a grand comeback to the ring with a gold-medal winning performance in the fly weight category (51 kg) of the Belgrade International boxing championship in Serbia on Saturday evening.

Nikhat Zareen of India with the gold medal she won in the 51 kg category of the Belgrade international boxing championship in Serbia on Saturday.   -  Special Arrangement

Nikhat Zareen of India staged a grand comeback to the ring with a gold-medal winning performance in the fly weight category (51 kg) of the Belgrade International boxing championship in Serbia on Saturday evening.

The 22-year-old boxer from Nizamabad (Telangana), who was out of action for close to one year due to a shoulder injury, is actually participating in her first international event after the break.

“I am delighted with this performance. I must thank Rafaele Sir (Rafaele Bergamasco, High Performance Director of Indian youth women's boxing team) who has been training us at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi for all the wonderful support during that testing time,” says Nikhat.

“As always, the standard was really tough but because of the excellent training back in Delhi, my confidence is back and now I am looking ahead for a medal winning performance in the coming Asian Games and the World championship in Delhi this November,” she says.

Interestingly, Serbia has been a happy hunting ground for her. In the final, Nikhat scored a 3-0 win over Greece's Aikaterini Koutsogeorgopulou.

“Somehow, the venue inspires me to step into a different zone and winning the gold in the Olympic category is truly memorable for me,” she said.