Women boxers head for Asian C`ship
New Delhi: Four-time world champion M C Mary
Kom (46kg) would spearhead an 11-strong Indian challenge in
the sixth Asian Women`s Boxing Championships starting tomorrow
in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Mary Kom, a Khel Ratna awardee, won a silver in the
previous edition of the event held in September last year in
Guwahati and the Manipuri is determined to clinch the gold
"I will try my level best to get a gold this time. It
begins our build up for the Asian Games where women`s boxing
will make its debut in three weight categories," Mary Kom said here today.
The May 23-31 tournament will feature close to 20
countries but May Kom said she is not intimidated by the draw.
"I am a four-time world champion so the question of
worrying about the draw doesn`t arise. I will give my best and
the rest is fate. Technically, I adjust myself according to
the situation and the opponent," she said.
Apart from Mary, the team also features some
well-established names like reigning Asian champion and
two-time World Championships silver medallist N Usha (60kg)
and former world champion and Arjuna awardee L Sarita Devi
Others in the squad include Kavita Goyat (69kg), who won
a gold medal at last year`s Indoor Asian Games in Vietnam, and
Aswathi Mol, a former Asian champion.
Coach Anoop Kumar said the team has the right mix of
youth and experience to better the third-place finish in the
previous edition of the event.
"The competition would be very tough but I think we will
better our past performance. We should win at least three gold
medals but China and Kazakhstan are going to be tough
opponents. We had won three gold and three-four silver the
last time around," he said.
"Along with Mary, we have some experienced boxers, who
can pull off tough wins because they have had good exposure at
the international level," he said.
The Team: M C Mary Kom (46kg), Venlal Duati (48kg), L
Sarita Devi (51kg), Priyanka Chaudhary (54kg), Pavitra (57kg),
N Usha (60kg), Meena Rani (64kg), Kavita Goyat (69kg), Sonam
Yadav (75kg), Aswathi Mol (81kg) and Kavita Chahal (+81kg).