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Date : 08 Nov 2018
New Delhi, India, November 8, 2018: Five-time boxing world champion Mary Kom has been named brand ambassador for the AIBA Women’s World Championships which get underway in New Delhi next week.
The celebrated Indian fighter will not only be one of 10 Indians in the fray for a medal at the showpiece International Boxing Association event but she will also be the face of the prestigious tournament from November 15-24.
“She is not just a women’s boxing icon, not just a boxing icon, she is a sporting icon for all of India and we could not think of anyone better,” Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh told The Hindu newspaper at the launch of the logo and anthem for the event.
Mary, 35, and Sarita Devi are the only two female Indian boxers still active from 2006, the last time these Championships were held in India. She insisted that home advantage would help her and the rest of the Indian squad at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
“We are comfortable here; we are used to the facilities and venue and also don’t have to move. We are very strong at the moment and everyone is trying to fight and give their best and win medals for the country,” said Mary, who will take part in the 48kg class.
Around 325 pugilists from 73 countries will participate. The competition is expected to be tough with all the leading women boxers entering the 10th edition.
Among them are Italy’s Alessia Mesiano, defending the featherweight title she won two years ago, while Astana 2016 silver medalists Kaye Scott of Australia, Peamwilai Laopeam, the first Thai female boxer to take part in the Olympics, and Russia’s Anastasia Beliakova are ones to watch.
Sarita, meanwhile, is looking forward to repeating her heroics of 2006 when she won a gold medal. “With women’s boxing now an Olympic sport, all teams have become stronger and the competition is much tougher now. But we won the team championship with four gold medals, one silver the three bronze in 2006 and hope to do it again this time.”
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