Women boxers must become fitter, stronger under new rule

New Delhi: The Indian women pugilists will have to become fitter, stronger and quicker if they are to adjust and succeed under the changed pattern of scoring in international boxing when the sport makes its debut in the London Olympics next year.

Four Indian women boxers returned with gold medals in the inaugural Youth and Junior World Championships held in Antalya, Turkey.

The quartet of teens said the pattern of scoring favours agile boxers, who move around the ring quickly as judges are discouraging defensive boxing.

Sarjubala Devi (48kg) and Minu Basumatary (64kg) claimed gold medals in the Youth Championship, while Lalenkawli (46kg) and Nikhat Zareen (50kg) finished on top in the Junior Championships.

"Stamina would be the key in the coming international competitions. The boxers cannot just hit a couple of punches and then stand there in the ring with a guard. The judges are now giving points to boxers who hit on the guard also but it has to have impact,"said Indian Boxing Federation Secretary General Brig. P K Muralidharan Raja, who travelled with the team to Antalya.

Women`s boxing will make its Olympic debut in London next year and India, which has produced a four-time world champion in Khel Ratna awardee M C Mary Kom, is expected to strike gold at the quadrennial extravaganza.

Sarjubala said the new pattern of scoring would require a lot of adjustment on part of the boxers.

"It`s not easy whenever a change happens but we will try to adjust as quickly as possible before the Olympics," she said.


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