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Indian women pugilists bag four medals at 7th Nations Cup

Indian women pugilists bag four medals at 7th Nations Cup

Nazrin Mather

Published: 16 Jan 2018 9:50 AM GMT
Indian women pugilists continued their dominating run on the world stage as they clinched three gold and one bronze medals today at the 7th Nations Cup being held at Sombor, Serbia. Jony breezed past Hungary's Viktoria Matesz in the final bout of 60 kg category while Lalita (64kg) outhussled a chivalrous Karina Kuzheleva of Russia to punch their way to gold. The third gold came India's way through Nandini in the 81kg category as she beat Alesandra Jonca of Poland in a pulsating contest. However, Rajbala (54kg) had to settle for the bronze after losing out to another Polish pugilist Kaluza Beata in her semifinal bout. The International Boxing tournament 'Nations Cup' is being held in Sombor, Serbia. The tournament flagged off on the 9
of January and today is the grand finale. The tournament holds competitions for women in the Junior, Young and Elite categories. Organised by Jovica Panic and Vojvodina Boxing Association in Sombor, the Tournament this year had a total of 195 boxers from 30 countries from 3 continents: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Croatia, Czech Republic, China, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden and Ukraine. It is the 7 edition of this Tournament dedicated for women. Last year, the Kazakhstan team showed just how far women's boxing has come in the country as it dominated the upper categories of the elite competition, winning golds at the 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg and +81kg. Kazakhstan was the best Team of 6th Nations Cup 2017. Source: Hindustan Times As Indian boxing has witnessed a surge in popularity, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is leaving no stone unturned to prepare a formidable team for the Youth Olympics slated to be held in Buenos Aires later this year. BFI President Ajay Singh told the press, 'We want to field the strongest team possible for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games and for that these young guns need foreign exposure and training at the highest level. We are making sure that they get all that so that they can repeat our recent feat in the World Youth Boxing Championship.'
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