Very proud of India’s best-ever performance at Boxing World Championships: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

first_imgVery proud of India’s best-ever performance at Boxing World Championships: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuSpeaking at the felicitation ceremony held for World Boxing Championships medalists Manish Kaushik and Amit Panghal, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said he is confident of a bright future for Indian boxing.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 19:56 IST Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitates boxers Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKiren Rijiju handed cash rewards to Amit Panghal and Manish KaushikAmit won the silver medal at World Boxing ChampionshipsManish Kaushik won a bronze on his World Boxing Championships debutUnion Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitated India’s boxing stars Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik who won a medal each at the Men’s World Boxing Championships. The two medals won by Amit and Manish were the most by India at any single men’s boxing championship. Amit was honoured by Kiren Rijiju with a cheque of Rs. 14 lakh while Manish was given a cheque of Rs 8 lakh.Amit, who was the second seed in 52 kg, created history as he became the first Indian to reach the final of the Men’s World Boxing Championship before winning silver. It has been a glorious past couple of years for the 24 year-old from Haryana, who in recent times has won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Asian Championships along with winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.Speaking about the World Boxing Championships win, Amit said, “I am very happy about winning silver and I would like to send my regards to people from across the country who supported me through this journey. Of course I would have wanted to win gold, and I will work on my weaknesses to convert this silver into gold in my upcoming challenges.”23 year-old Manish Kaushik had a glorious run in the tournament in the 63 kg event as he knocked off 4th seed and Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsukhin Chinzorig in the round of 16, before seeing his tournament end in the semifinals to the top seed Andy Cruz Gomez and winning a bronze. Manish and Amit won India’s 5th and 6th medals at the Men’s World Championships.advertisementThe previous winners were Vijender Singh (75 kg) in 2009, Vikas Krishan (69 kg) in 2011, Shiva Thapa (56 kg) in 2015 and Gaurav Bidhuri (56 kg) in 2017.”I am very happy about winning a bronze medal in my very first World Championship and seeing my name alongside some of the finest men’s boxers from India as a world medalist. I played well during this tournament and beat an Asian Games medalist along the way which is something that satisfied me,” Manish said.Kiren Rijiju, who was all praise for the Indian side, said, “I am very proud of India’s best-ever performance at the Men’s Boxing World Championship. I feel India has a great future in boxing.”In fact, even those boxers who reached the quarter final stage need to be congratulated for their performance. This is the Olympic year and these medals are a sign that India is indeed prepared to put up a good show at Tokyo 2020. I want to assure all athletes, across all sporting disciplines preparing for Tokyo that we will extend all support.”Also Read | World champion Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour title in KoreaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow Manish KaushikFollow Kiren RijijuFollow World Boxing Championshipslast_img read more

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