Tokyo Olympics star Lovlina Borgohain gets direct entry in Indian team for boxing World Championships

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Lovlina Borgohain, who became the third boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal in boxing, has been given a direct spot in the boxing World Championships while gold medalists from the upcoming nationals will also be given spots in the team.

Lovlina is now set to skip the national tournament. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lovlina is now set to skip the national championships
  • The nationals will be held in Hisar, Uttar Pradesh, from October 21
  • The women’s world championship is to be held in December in Istanbul, Turkey
Tokyo Olympics bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) has been handed direct qualification for the upcoming women’s world boxing championships by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) while the rest of the squad will be made of the gold medal winners from the upcoming National Championships.

The nationals will be held in Hisar, Uttar Pradesh, from October 21.

“The gold-medallists in each weight category will represent India in the AIBA women’s world championship except 69kg (as) Tokyo Olympics bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain will see direct qualification for the world championships,” the Boxing Federation of India said in a statement.

The trials that will be held for the remaining places in the national camp will be fought out by the bronze-winners in the nationals alongwith medallists from the previous three editions of the tournament for a place in the camp.

Lovlina is now set to skip the national tournament after securing a place in the squad based on her Tokyo performance.

The women’s world championship is to be held in December in Istanbul, Turkey. The exact dates for the marquee competition are yet to be decided.

Men’s camp for world championship awaits start

The men’s camp for the world championship, slated from October 24 in Belgrade, Serbia is yet to take off. The tournament could start in the next two days Patiala, Punjab, according to PTI, amid continuing brain-storming over the coaching staff and who among the support staff will travel with the team to Belgrade, where the men’s world championships will take place.

The review is being done in the backdrop of the Tokyo Olympics performance in which none of the male boxers could make the medal rounds.

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