‘Didn’t I deserve to go to the CWG?’ asks boxer Manisha Moun | boxing news


NEW DELHI: Boxer Manisha Moun is both happy and sad. Happy because she has just returned home with her first World Championships medal – a bronze medal in the women’s 57kg category – from the Istanbul meet.
Sad, as his entry in the 57kg category will not be sent by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Reason: The BFI has chosen four weight classes in women’s boxing to represent the country at the CWG.
These weight categories include 48 kg, 50 kg, 60 kg and 70 kg, the trials of which will take place from June 9 to 11. The federation based its decision on the chances of medals for female boxers in the country in these categories.
However, 2019 Asian bronze medalist Manisha is unimpressed with the BFI’s decision. “When I won the medal at Worlds, I just asked myself one question: ‘Didn’t I deserve to be part of the CWG contingent in the 57kg weight class? Didn’t I deserve this opportunity?’ Since my weight class is there, ideally the entry should have been sent,” Manisha told TOI on the sidelines of a congratulatory function to honor the three world medalists – gold winner Nikhat Zareen, bronze Parveen Hooda and Manisha – at IGI Stadium here on Tuesday.
“For the past year, I have been competing in the 57 kg category, which is an Olympic weight category. Previously, I was competing at 54 kg. Six months before the Worlds, I had injured my right shoulder but I made a strong comeback at the trials. Maybe the BFI based their decision on thinking that there was no good female fighter available in the 57 kg category. But after my performance at the Worlds, I presented a strong case for my inclusion,” Manisha added.
BFI General Secretary Himanta K Kalita told TOI: “Based on the boxers’ winning ability, the head coach and high performance director had recommended four weight classes out of the six available for the CWG, which the federation considered and accepted. Manisha’s name is in the long list. But she will have to face tests in the 57-60 kg category for the eventual selection. The tests will take place from 9 to June 11.
It was a double celebration for Indian sports on Tuesday when Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur congratulated the country’s boxing and archery contingents. The archers have just returned from the World Cup in Korea. Thakur said: “Our betis made us proud. Nikhat said she doesn’t want to stop; she wants to win more medals. We need that passion and dedication from all of you. We need to continue to moving forward. You are the inspiration for grassroots athletes. We must celebrate what we have achieved today, but always aim for the next big championships. Let’s bring more medals to India in the 2024 Olympics. ”
Nikhat, for her part, told the rally, “I will continue to work hard and make my country proud in the future as well. I will stand before you as an Olympic champion as well. I am aiming for gold in Paris 2024″, she added.

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