Boxers set their sights on London Olympic berths

first_imgShe is standing on the podium with a medal dangling around her neck and she punches the air. That’s how boxer Laishram Sarita Devi visualises her Olympic dream.”Since Vijender (Kumar) has done that after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I too can do it,” says the 60kg category boxer.But since a dream can’t be fulfilled without attempting to pursue it, Sarita has her eyes set on an Olympic berth when she launches her campaign on Wednesday at the lone Olympic qualifying event, the World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.”From the time I got to know that women’s boxing will be a part of the Olympic, I have a dream to stand on the podium with a medal hanging around my neck. I know it’s not easy, but I’ll fight with all my might to achieve that goal,” the two-time former world champion said. “World Championships are the only step to book a berth for the Olympics, and I am confident to achieve that mark in China.”Sarita’s journey to London wouldn’t be easy as she may face three-time world champion Katie Taylor of Ireland at the World Championships. “The competition will be the toughest ever, especially as the competition is in the Olympic year. China, Thailand, Ireland and Kazakhstan are the strong contenders. But after winning the Asian title, I am confident of making it to the Olympics,” she said.At the World Championships, the Indian boxers will be competing in 10 weight categories, including the three Olympic categories – 51kg, 60kg and 75kg. A maximum of three Asian boxers can qualify in the 51kg and 60kg while there is two places are up for grabs in the 75kg.advertisementBesides, legendary five-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), and Pooja Rani (75kg), are the other two Indians who will be vying for the Olympic berths.Mary is content with what she has achieved in career, but she is a firm believer that her life will come full circle if she wins an Olympic gold.”My five gold medals in the World Championships are a treasure which no one can rob of me. But an Olympic medal has its unique value in a game like boxing and in a country like India,” said Mary, who switched to 51kg category slightly before the 2010 Asian Games. “I am keen to win the Olympic title. But let me take one step at a time and focus on the target to qualify for the Games.”The Team- Pinky Jangra (48kg), MC Mary Kom (51kg), Sonia Lather (54kg), K Mandikini Chanu (57kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg), Meena Rani (64kg), Neetu Chahal (69kg), RL Jenny (81kg), Kavita Chahal (+ 81kg)last_img

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