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Hamburg, September 3: Indian boxing is on a roll once again.AIBA
Just a few days after Gaurav Bidhuri created some sort of history by becoming the first wild card to win a medal in the World Championships, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Dr. Ching Kuo Wo promised to grace the Women's Youth World Boxing Championship to be held in Guwahati in November.
"This is a huge boost for us," BFI president Ajay Singh said. "This shows that the world fraternity has accepted us back into the fold. We can only go higher from here," he added.
India had already received a much-needed shot in the arm with the arrival of the 2021 edition of the World Championships to New Delhi.
Officials revealed that the BFI presented a gamucha and a souvenir based on the rare one-horn rhino of Assam Dr. Ching Kuo Wo and extended a formal invite to Guwahati for the Youth Championships on behalf of Honbl. Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam.
The AIBA president appreciated the efforts made by the new dispensation led by Ajay Singh and gladly accepted the invitation.
"I would personally like to thank Mr. Kuo Wo for accepting our invitation. This will enhance the Championship and we will take this opportunity to showcase to AIBA our capability to host such mega events in the country."
The BFI President further added, "I am sure that this campaign will go a long way in realising the hon'bl CM, Mr. Sonowal's vision of making Guwahati the sports capital of India and hosting to the rich and cultural heritage of Assam."
Over the last eight months the BFI has carefully worked at not only improving the domestic setup but has also enhanced India's image internationally. Boxers acknowledge that there has been tremendous progress already with as many as eight members qualifying to represent the country in the World Championships and three of them even making it to the quarterfinals.
Gaurav Bidhuri went one step further, emulating Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishnan and Shiva Thapa and winning a medal.