Hamburg, September 03: Indian boxing is on a roll once again. A few days after Gaurav Bidhuri created history by becoming the first wild card to win a medal in the World Championships, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Dr. Ching Kuo Wo promised to grace the Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship to be held in Guwahati in November.
“This is a huge boost for us” said BFI president Ajay Singh. “This shows that the world fraternity has accepted us back into the fold. We can only go higher from here” he added.
India had already received a much-needed shot in the arm with the arrival of the 2021 edition of the World Championships to New Delhi.
Officials revealed that the BFI presented the President a Gamucha and a souvenir based on the rare one-horned rhino of Assam and extended a formal invite to Guwahati for the Youth Championships on behalf of the Chief Minister of Assam, which he gladly accepted.
Over the last eight months, the BFI has carefully worked at not only improving the domestic setup but has also enhanced India’s image internationally. Boxers acknowledge that there has been tremendous progress already with as many as eight members qualifying to represent the country in the World Championships and three of them even making it to the quarterfinals.
Gaurav Bidhuri went one step further, emulating Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishnan and Shiva Thapa and winning a medal.