Youth Olympic Games 2018: Can Jyoti Gulia make the nation proud on a lone journey?

Jyoti, who did boxing secretly before revealing it to her parents on being selected for the state championship in 2012, has got the rewards for her dedication and hard work.

Jyoti, who had won her parents’ hearts by becoming one among the five gold winning girls in Guwahati, has another opportunity to make the nation proud. (File Photo)   -  PTI

Jyoti Gulia is not only the lone boxer to represent India in Buenos Aires, but also a strong medal hope. Jyoti, who did boxing secretly before revealing it to her parents on being selected for the state championship in 2012, has got the rewards for her dedication and hard work.

The diminutive girl produced a series of good performances, including a gold medal at the National youth championship, gold at the Golden Glove tournament in Serbia and silver at the International Ahmet Comert tournament in Istanbul, before winning the 51kg World youth title in Guwahati last year and qualifying for the Youth Olympics.

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Following that, the 18-year-old from Rohtak has improved her game to remain consistent. Her silver medal at the Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth boxing tournament and gold medal in the youth category in the Silesian Open in Poland this year underlined the fact that she had got the talent and determination to be counted among the best.

Jyoti, who had won her parents’ hearts by becoming one among the five gold winning girls in Guwahati, has another opportunity to make the nation proud. Can she do it on a lone journey?