Haridwar: Haryana stole the show in the National Senior (Elite) Women's Boxing Championship which concluded here this evening in the indoor police stadium at Roshnabad.
The secretary of the local organizing committee, Vishal Garg, informed that 250 women boxers of 35 teams from all over the country participated in the six day event. Inaugurating the championship, the state chief minister, Harish Rawat said that the state had great potential for sportspersons. Mary Kom, the boxing legend of the country, who won boxing championship in the World Games five times, also came here on the first day to cheer up the women boxers.
In the final matches in the Light Fly (46-48 kg) category, Sarju Bala Devi, the number 2 boxer of the world, clinched gold medal for Manipur, trouncing Krishna Thapa of Uttarakhand (5-0), while in the Fly (51 kg weight) category Neerja of Haryana Pocketed gold by trouncing Meenakshi of the Railway Services Promotion Board (RSPB) (5-0). In the Bantam (54kg) category Shiksha, again of Haryana, won gold by defeating Sonia of UP (5-0), whereas Sonia of Haryana stunned all by humbling Kamla Bisht of Uttarakhand, the gold medalist in boxing in the world police games (5-0), in the Feather (57kg) category. In the Light (60kg) category Priyanka Choudhary of RSPB won gold, while Monika of Haryana had to content herself with the silver (4-1). In the light Welter (64kg) Simranjeet Kaur of Punjab won the top laurels, while Jyoti of Haryana trailed behind at the second rank (5-0). In the Welter (69 kg) category Pooja of Haryana stood first, with Shashi Kala of Himachal Pradesh, trailing behind at the second pedestal (5-0). In the Middle (75kg) bouts Kavita of All India Police stood at the top, while Rumi Gogoi of Arunachal Pradesh succeeded in getting the silver medal. In the Light Heavy (81 kg) event Sweety of Haryana and Nirmala of All India Police won the gold and the silver respectively. In the Heavy (82kg) category Seema Punia of the Railway Services Promotion Board sprang a surprise by routing Kavita Chehal of Haryana, the Arjun award winner and two times bronze winner in the world championship. In all Haryana stood at the top (53 points), followed by the Railways (31 points) and the All India Police (26 points). The medals, the silver, gold and the bronze, were given away by the additional director general of police (ADGP) of the state , Ashok Kumar and the inspector general of the police of the state, Sanjay Gunjiyal . Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Singh, the president of the Boxing Federation of India, said that a National Boxing Academy, with world class facilities, would be set up in Delhi. "Participants in the Asian Games and the Olympic will be selected from the award winners in the this championship", said Ajay Singh.