India topped the medal tally of the Mahindra International Boxing Association (IBA) Women’s World Boxing Championship (WWBC) 2023, the 13th edition of the championships, with 4 gold medals. The 13th edition of the WWBC was hosted by India from 15th to 26th March 2023 at K.D. Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi, Delhi.
- China secured the 2nd position in the medal tally with 7 medals (3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze) and Russia secured the 3rd position with 3 medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze).
- Indian boxers were awarded the Best Team of the tournament for being the most successful team with 4 gold medals.
- Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira was awarded the Best Boxer trophy.
- The Best Referee & Judge award was given to Alejandro Barrientos Matrinez from Cuba.
Table Showing Top 3 Rankers in the Tournament:
Gold Medal Winners from India:
i.Nitu Ghanghas grabbed the gold medal in the Minimumweight (48Kg) event by defeating Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg.
- Nitu became the 6th Indian boxer, male or female, to become a world champion after Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006), Lekha KC (2006) and Nikhat Zareen (2022).
ii.Nikhat Zareen clinches gold medal in Light Flyweight (50Kg) event by defeating Vietnam’s Nguyễn Thị Tâm.
- Nikhat Zareen creates history, becomes first Indian boxer after Mary Kom to win 2 golds at World Championships. She won her first gold medal at 2022 Istanbul IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
iii.Lovlina Borgohain secured the gold medal in the Middleweight (75Kg) event by defeating Australia’s Caitlin Parker.
iv.Saweety Boora also grabbed the gold medal in Light heavyweight (81 Kg) by defeating China’s Wang Lina.
Indian Gold Medal Winners:
|Minimumweight (48Kg)||Nitu Ghanghas|
|Light Flyweight (50Kg)||Nikhat Zareen|
|Middleweight (75Kg)||Lovlina Borgohain|
|Light heavyweight (81 Kg)||Saweety Boora|
About IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships (WWBC):
i.IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships (WWBC) is an amateur boxing competition organised by the International Boxing Association (IBA).
ii.Around 324 boxers, including several Olympic medallists from 65 countries participated in IBA WWBC 2023.
iii.The 2023 event was boycotted by 17 countries due to the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus.
Note: The 14th edition of IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be held in 2025.
i.The total prize money of IBA WWBC 2023 is USD 2.4 Million.
ii.The prize money is split across 12 weight classes and gold, silver and bronze medallists.
- Gold – USD 100,000; Silver USD 50,000; and Bronze USD 25,000.
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i.The 5th edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG 2022) hosted by Madhya Pradesh was held from 30th January to 11th February 2023. Maharashtra won the overall championship and topped the medal tally of the Khelo India Youth Games 2022 with 161 medals (56 gold, 55 silver, and 50 bronze).
ii.On 4th February 2023, Indian High Jumper & Commonwealth Games 2022 bronze medallist, Tejaswin Shankar won the gold medal in men’s high jump event with a leap of 2.26 metres at the 2022 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold Series event, held in Boston, United States of America (USA).
About International Boxing Association (IBA):
President– Umar Kremlev
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland