New Delhi to host India Open Boxing for elite men & women from January 28-February 1
New Delhi, December 8 – India will host its first ever major boxing tournament for elite men, the 1st India Open International Boxing Tournament, The first India Open International Boxing Tournament for elite men & women will be held in New Delhi from January 28 to February 1, taking the sport to the next level.
BoxingFederation of India President Mr. Ajay Singh revealed this during thefelicitation ceremony of Indian pugilists who had won medals in the AIBA YouthWomen’s World Championships in Guwahati last month.
“Thisis the first time that BFI is hosting an elite event of this stature andmagnitude,” Mr Singh said.
“WhenI took over as president I had promised to bring many world-class tournamentsto the country. We have already hosted the AIBA Youth Women’s WorldChampionship and now we are ready for the Indian Open. We are seen as one ofthe boxing powerhouses in the world now,” he added.
TheBFI President the five gold medal winners in the Youth Championships chequesworth Rs 2 lakh each, on behalf of Spice Jet Pvt Ltd.
Thetwo bronze medal winners were given Rs 50,000 each. World Championship bronzemedalist Gaurav Bidhuri was also felicitated during the ceremony and handed acheque for Rs 2 lakh.
Mr. Singhalso divulged that for the first time in the history of the sport, India willfield a team in the upcoming edition of World Series Boxing, AIBA’sprofessional league. The team will be fully supported and sponsored by BFI.
Appreciatingthe efforts of Rafaelle Bergamasco, who helped India finish with its best ever haulof seven medals (5 golds and 2 bronze) in the Youth Women’s World Championship,the federation today have decided to elevate him as the overall HighPerformance Director of the Women’s division including the elite women.
“Hehas done tremendous job with the youth squad and we are very confident that itwill do wonders with the elite squad as well. And also these young boxers willform the core team in the future and it make all the more sense he is therewith these boxers when they graduate to the next level,” Mr.Singh explained.
HonorableMinster of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYA&S), Mr. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathorewho was also present at the event lauded the efforts of BFI and encouraged theboxers to continue their good work and have faith in themselves.
“I wouldlike to congratulate all the boxers for their efforts and making the countryproud. I would like to urge the boxers to believe that they are the best andcan beat anybody in the world,” Mr. Rathore said.
Duringthe event, he also announced the cash rewards that the boxers are eligible toreceive under the MYA&S. The gold medallists of Youth World Championshipswill receive a cash prize of INR 6.70 lakh, while the bronze medallist areentitled to receive INR 2.70 lakh. Gaurav will be getting INR 8 lakh for hisfeat at the World Championships.