Nikhat Zareen Now Eyes Olympic Glory After Reaching World Championships Goal


Contemporary from her exploits on the World Boxing Championship, Nikhat Zareen has now firmly set her sights on being the primary amongst equals on the Paris Olympics with a prime podium end throughout the 2024 version of the quadrennial extravaganza.


Zareen clinched the coveted gold within the flyweight (52kg) division with a facile 5-0 win over Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas within the ultimate of the Girls’s World Championship in Istanbul on Could 19, thus changing into solely the fifth Indian boxer to be topped world champion.

“I’m glad that I’ve gained a gold within the World Championships for the nation and in future too I want to put in additional exhausting work and carry on successful medals for India,” Zareen, additionally a 2019 Asian Championship bronze medallist, mentioned throughout a felicitation operate organised collectively by the Sports activities Authority of India and nationwide federation (BFI) right here on Tuesday.

“Olympics is my final purpose however to attain success there I should put in a whole lot of exhausting work as a result of I understand how large a contest Olympics is. I’ve to present double the trouble I’ve completed until now.

“Now there’s extra accountability on me.”

Since successful a gold medal within the flyweight division on the Girls’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championship in Turkey in 2011, it has been a tough journey for Zareen.

Within the 2019 version of the senior World Championships, Mary Kom was most well-liked over Zareen due to her constant efficiency regardless of the latter asking for a good trial from the BFI. Mark Kom went on to say her eighth world medal, a bronze.

“The journey has been fairly good. It was not simple as I’ve witnessed many ups and downs however that motivated me to face the place I’m as we speak,” an emotional Zareen mentioned.

In the course of the occasion, BFI president Ajay Singh reminded Zareen of her future targets.

“I need particular dedication from Nikhat (Zareen). As we speak, she is standing right here as world champion however subsequent time she ought to stand right here as Olympic champion,” he mentioned.

The occasion was additionally attended by Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur, who lauded the Indian boxer’s stupendous present, and SAI Director Common Sandip Pradhan amongst others.

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