“My ultimate goal must be the Paris Olympics in 2024”: Nikhat Zareen | Boxing news

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After winning gold medals at the Women’s World Boxing Championship in Turkey and the Commonwealth Games of Birmingham last year, Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen’s next goal is a medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics. The Nizamabad (Telangana) born boxer is only the fifth Indian woman to secure a gold medal at the World Boxing Championships, after six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006). ), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006).

“After the world championship there were many distractions, events and congratulations and then we had a two week training period in Ireland. My focus was always on the gold medal and I was ready to sacrifice everything to get my hands on the gold. I win everything and the ultimate goal must be the Paris Olympics in 2024,” Nikhat Zareen said on the show Backstage with Boria Majumdar.

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The Indian boxer had to change her weight category while competing in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. But the weight category change made no difference to her performance as she bagged a gold medal in the quadrennial event.

“I’ve finally been given the chance to represent my country and I’m not going to pass up this opportunity. After winning the gold at the world championship and the gold medal in front of a packed crowd in Birmingham in a weight class that was two kilograms less than where I competed in the world championship, now I have the confidence to do well in big events. Losing weight and competing was not easy,” explained Nikhat.

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Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen has urged parents to change their mindset towards a girl and support them in everything they want to do in their lives as she herself brought this change to her mother. Previously she was not in favor of a girl taking up boxing as a profession and now she urges parents to encourage their children to take up boxing as a profession.

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The Nizamabad (Telangana) born boxer is only the fifth Indian woman to secure a gold medal at the World Boxing Championships, after six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006). ), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006).

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