Sports Minister felicitates boxing medallists

Rathore said the Sports Ministry would present Rs. 6.70 lakh to each of the gold medallists.

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interacts with the winners of the AIBA Youth Women's World Championships in New Delhi on Friday.   -  PTI

The Union Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore felicitated the boxers who had won medals in the World Youth Championship in Assam recently, on behalf of the Boxing Federation of India, which presented Rs.200,000 each to the five gold medallists.

Announcing that the Sports Ministry would present Rs. 6.70 lakh to each of the gold medallists, Rathore inspired the young pugilists with a crisp address.

The World Championship bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri was also part of the boxers felicitated on the occasion, apart from two other bronze medallists from the World Youth Championship.

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Hearing the interesting stories of the boxers when they were being introduced at the time of felicitation, Rathore said that the hurdles had made them strong, and they were prime examples for all the girls in the country, and to thousands who may take up the sport seeing them.

‘’Boxing is tougher than other games. You sweat a lot in training, and some times there is blood too. In the army, boxing was compulsory’’, said Rathore, as he recalled the plight of officers in the army, having friendly bouts in the ring, being put through the rigour against regular boxers.

He lauded the president of the BFI, Ajay Singh, who is the Chairman and Managing Director of Spicejet, and hoped that he would use the business acumen to take the sport forward.

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Rathore also stressed that the recommendations and ideas of the Task Force would be implemented soon, and that the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) was getting tuned accordingly with each discipline having a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a High Performance Manager, who would ensure professional guidance and support for the athletes.

The Sports Minister sought full cooperation from the federations and requested them to put up their accounts on the website apart from team
selections promptly.

‘’Everyone should know how the tax payers money is being spent’’, he said.

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Five time World Champion and London Games bronze medallist Mary Kom, also inspired the boxers by telling them that she was proud of their

"Keep pursuing your passion undeterred, when you win or lose. Your problems will make you more determined. They should be the force that
propels you to be the best’’, Rathore said.

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Nitu, Jyoti Gulia, Sakshi Chaudhary, Shashi Chopra and Ankushita Boro were presented Rs.200,000 each while Anupama and Neha Yadav were presented Rs.50,000 each. Gaurav Bidhuri who won the bronze in the men’s event, was presented Rs.200,000.

It was announced that the India Open boxing championship would be held at the Thyagaraj Stadium in the Capital from January 28 to February 2. The World women’s boxing championship was also scheduled to be hosted next year apart from the men’s World Championship in 2021.

The Indira Gandhi Stadium in the Capital would be home to the AIBA World Boxing Academy.

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