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BFI Unveils Logo for AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship

Celebrated woman boxer M C Mary Kom on Wednesday said she has no plans to hang up her gloves and wants to continue till 2020 Tokyo Games in a bid to fulfil her dream of winning an Olympic gold.

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Updated:October 31, 2018, 11:09 PM IST
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BFI Unveils Logo for AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship
Celebrated woman boxer M C Mary Kom on Wednesday said she has no plans to hang up her gloves and wants to continue till 2020 Tokyo Games in a bid to fulfil her dream of winning an Olympic gold.
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New Delhi:  The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) unveiled the logo and anthem at a glittering launch function for the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, to be held at the IG Stadium’s K.D. Jhadav Hall between November 15 and 24, here on Wednesday.

The elite AIBA event will see the highest participation so far, close to 300 pugilists from 70 countries including Olympic medalists, World and European Champions—all vying for the top honours in keenly-contested bouts as each one of them is expected to put up a high-octane fight across 10 weight categories.

The logo launch was attended by Indian Team members, led by five-time world champion Mary Kom, and dignitaries from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and BFI, including its president Ajay Singh.

Kom said she has no plans to hang up her gloves and wants to continue till 2020 Tokyo Games in a bid to fulfil her dream of winning an Olympic gold.

"I am not yet done. I will carry on till 2020. I am fit, training hard and confident. I will try my best to bring glory for the country," said Mary when asked whether she is eyeing her sixth world title at the AIBA Women's World Championships to be held at the IG Stadium here from November 15 to 24.

Magnificent Mary, as she is fondly called, has five World Championships titles under her belt besides numerous other crowns, including Asian Games gold and bronze in London Olympics.

Mother of three doting kids, Mary still remains hungry for more and wants to give a last shot at gold in 2020 Tokyo.

The 35-year-old from Manipur will compete in her pet 48kg category at the World Championships here. But with the 48kg weight category not a part of women's boxing in the Olympics, Mary said she will shift to 51kg.

"My first priority would be to qualify for the Olympics and I will give my best shot. For Olympics may be I will have to shift to 51kg category as 48kg is not there," she said on the sidelines of the logo and official anthem launch of the World Championships.

It also means Mary will get a shot at another World Championships, which despite being a biennial event, will be played next year in Trabzon, Turkey as no big events are held in an Olympic year.

Mary was happy that women boxing has finally got its recognition worldwide.

"It was very difficult when I started in 2001. Women boxing was an unknown entity for most but after 5-6 years of toil people started to know women boxers. I am happy that women boxing has finally got recognition and gender equality," said Mary, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP from BJP.

Mary, who has been named as the brand ambassador for the upcoming World Championships, will lead a strong 10-member Indian contingent at the event.

While the Championship starts from November 15, close to 15 teams will be reaching as early as in the first week of next month, from November 3 to get acclimatized to the conditions here. Some of the key countries who are sending their pugilists early include USA, Australia, Ukraine, Germany, Thailand, England and Bulgaria.

The Indian Squad:

Players: Mary Kom (48 Kg), Pinky Jangra (51 Kg), Manisha Maun (54 Kg), Sonia (57 Kg), L Sarita Devi (60 Kg), Simranjit Kaur (64 Kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 Kg), Saweety Boora (75 Kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81 Kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 Kg).

Coaches: Raffaele Bergamasco (Foreign Coach); Shiv Singh (Head Coach) Sandhya Gurung; Md.Ali Qamar; Chhote Lal Yadav; Satvir Kaur.

Support Staff: Dr. Amol Arun Patil (Team Doctor); Aayush Chittaranjan Yekhande (Physiotherapist)
Simon Singh (Video Analyst); Veena Joyel (Massuere)

(with Agency inputs)
| Edited by: Akhil Nair
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