Earlier this week,when the 39-member Indian team left for Belfast,Ireland to take part in the World Police Games,the 27-year-old Haryana pugilist Kavita Chahal met some of the young boxers at the Indira Gandhi Stadium a few hours before her flight. The two-time world championship medallist was also a part of the Indian women’s boxing camp at New Delhi and Chahal wanted to spend some time training with the youngsters.
The Haryana pugilist,who will be taking part in the 81 Kg category,is among the five Indian women boxers who will be taking part in the World Police Games starting August 1. Ready for the challenge,Chahal is hopeful of winning the yellow metal in Ireland. We had been preparing for the event since the last one year. One of the positives was that the national camp was being held in New Delhi and most of us got the opporunity to practice together. The World Police Games is a major championship for us this year and I am hopeful of doing well. Conditions in Europe will be tough and we need to adjust accordingly, shared Chahal,who is a head constable with the Haryana Police.
With seven national titles and two medals in the World Championships,Chahal is among the most successful women boxers in the country.
With the world body AIBA deciding to include only three weight categories in the London Olympics,Chahal,who won a bronze medal in last year’s World Championship held in China,missed out on the Olympics. Chahal is still taking part in the 81Kg category,a category above 75 Kg which is below Chahal’s usual category.
With three more years left for Rio Olympics,Chahal believes that she can drop her weight to 75 Kg if the situation demands.
I was the only Indian boxer to win a medal in last year’s World Championships in China. As I had to decide on my weight category for world championships,I made up my mind on taking part in the 81 Kg category and therefore,could not take part in the 75 Kg trials. I will be taking part in 81 Kg category for some time before I decide anything for Rio Olympics, shared the boxer,who belongs to Neemdi village in Haryana and also won three medals in Asian Boxing Championships.
Last year,Chahal continued her dominance in nationals and claimed gold in the nationals held at Khatima,Uttrakhand.
After the World Police Games,the boxer will resume training in the national camp in New Delhi.
We will be training in New Delhi from August 10 to August 20 and then we will get some break from the camp. I need some rest before the commencement of hectic season. Coach Anoop Kumar had been with the team for a long time and his inputs have been really helpful, shared Chahal.