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Mary Kom opts out of Asian C'ship; Sonia, Sarita to lead Indian women boxing team

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Legendary MC has decided to skip the Asian Women's Championship to prepare for the bigger events ahead and in her absence, silver medallist will lead the 20-member Indian contingent at the event, to be held in from April 16 to 27.

Six-time world champion Mary Kom, who won India's solitary gold medal at the 2017 edition in Vietnam, wants to focus on the World Championships to be held later this year.

In Mary Kom's absence, Sonia and former gold medallist and ex-world junior champion will spearhead the Indian contingent.

A lot of talented youngsters has made it to the team on the basis of the three-day trials held at the A total of 46 boxers appeared in trials.

While Nikhat defeated Rani 4-1 to secure the pole position in the final of the trial in the 51kg, will be the reserve.

Nikhat began the season in scintillating fashion by clinching the gold medal at the boxing tournament and will look to carry the momentum.

Young pugilist Nitu, a two-time youth world championships gold medallist, is a bright prospect in the 48kg and will look to do justice to her selection after blanking 5-0.

The 54kg challenge will be led by her state-mate and quarter-finalist, Manisha, a gritty 3-2 winner over Boxing Tournament gold medallist Maisnam Meenakumari.

Sonia will represent the country in 57kg following a decisive 5-0 win over in the final trial.

In 60kg, veteran Sarita beat Parveen 4-1 and will be making her comeback after losing narrowly in the pre-quarter-finals at last year's World Championships.

India's hopes in 64kg will rest on Punjab's and Assam's Lovlina Borgohain, bronze medallist in 2017, will be the one to watch out for in 69kg.

While Simranjeet beat the talented Pwilao Basumatary 5-0, Lovlina pummelled by an identical scoreline.

boxers Nupur and secured their berths in the 75kg and 81kg respectively.

Nupur conceded a point to beat Pooja 4-1 while ran away with a commanding 5-0 win over

Experienced boxer, will be vying for the title in the 81+kg category following a 4-1 victory over Kavita

After seven successful editions, the women's competition will be held simultaneously along side the men at the Asian Championships for the very first time.

In the last edition, the Indian women grabbed a total of seven medals, including one gold, one silver and five bronze.


48kg: Nitu (Haryana), (Punjab, reserve).

51kg: (Telangana), Rani (Haryana, reserve).

54kg: (Haryana), Meenakumari (AIP, reserve)

57kg: (RSPB), (Haryana, reserve)

60kg: (AIP), Parveen (Haryana, reserve)

64kg: (Punjab), Pwilao Basumatary (RSPB, reserve)

69kg: (Assam), (reserve)

75kg: Nupur (Haryana), Pooja (RSPB, reserve)

81kg: (Haryana), (CHD, reserve)

81+kg: (RSPB), (AIP, reserve).

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:35 IST