Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen scripted historical past by clinching the gold medal within the Girls’s World Boxing Championships on Thursday. Nevertheless, the journey of the younger pugilist hasn’t been straightforward as she has gone via rather a lot within the final couple of years.
Those that know the boxer or have adopted her journey carefully can clarify how she additionally outpunched negativity and trolls together with her sheer dedication and fervour for the game.
In 2019, Nikhat was trending on social media however not all had been constructive feedback. Folks had been making enjoyable of her after she wrote to Sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju to get a match in opposition to the 6-time World Champion M.C Mary Kom for a spot within the crew for Olympic qualifiers.
The younger boxer was brutally trolled on social media for her ‘truthful’ attraction. She later did get the bout however misplaced it 1-9 to the legendary boxer. Mary even refused to shake arms together with her after the bout.
Going through a lot embarrassment, the boxer stored quiet for a while and determined to slightly deal with coaching. She stopped taking calls from the media as effectively to recover from the defeat.
On Thursday, Nikhat was once more trending on Twitter, and the boxer was elated because it was her dream to pattern as soon as once more.
“I’m trending on Twitter” It was one in all my desires to pattern on Twitter! If I’m actually trending proper now then I’m actually comfortable,” stated Nikhat in her on-line press convention after her victory.
On the medal ceremony, a visibly emotional Nikhat stood tall because the Indian nationwide anthem performed and the tri-colour was raised excessive.
When requested what was going via her thoughts, she stated: “I used to be enthusiastic about my dad and mom. At any time when I referred to as them after the bout, they’d all the time be praying for me. I’m very comfortable for them. My father may be very supportive. That is all due to my household assist. After I was going via powerful instances, my household supported me rather a lot. I felt like hugging my dad and mom after the bout. So I grew to become emotional.”
She registered a dominating 5-0 victory to bag gold in Istanbul. Dwelling as much as the expectations, Nikhat thrashed Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas with out breaking a sweat within the 52kg closing with judges scoring the bout 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 within the Indian’s favour.
“My focus was to win the bout with unanimous resolution as break up resolution may go both means. After the break up resolution within the second spherical, I needed to win large and did that with the third bout,” she stated.
The Nizamabad (Telangana)-born boxer grew to become solely the fifth Indian girl to safe a gold medal on the World Boxing Championships after document six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny R.L (2006) and Lekha Okay.C (2006). It was additionally India’s first gold medal since boxing nice Mary Kom gained it in 2018.
She isn’t completed both and can flip her consideration to Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, with Paris Olympics being her finish purpose.
“My focus is firmly on the Paris Olympics. My purpose is to win gold within the Olympics. After all, I focus solely on one event at a time. My focus was fully on this World Championships. Now, I’ll shift my focus to the Commonwealth Video games,” she stated.
(With inputs from Companies)