Boxing

I dedicate the gold medal to my entire country, says Nitu Ghanghas

Nitu Ghanghas made sure she punched her way through to make the Indian crowd celebrate in glory after winning a gold medal in the Minimum Weight category (45 kg – 48 kg) at her first Commonwealth Games in Birmingham by defeating the home favourite Demie-Jade with a score of 0-5 in her favour.

Nitu, a boxing gold medalist who shone in gold at her first CWG, talked about her pre-match thoughts and her feelings after the victory.

"My goal was to play my game with complete focus and was to play for gold only. Even before my battle, I was sure that I had to compete exclusively for the gold while giving it everything I had,” Nitu noted.

She opened up about the pre-fight camp which helped her to perform at the games in Birmingham.

“All my opponents were very strong but I wanted to take a lead in two minutes of every round. We also had a camp here15 days before the CWG started and I had a few training bouts with them which helped me plan my game against each of the players. I did what I had in my mind and I got what I wanted. I will continue to train myself this way, that is to stay focused in the game and give my 100% while performing,” she added.

Nitu was one of the three Gold Medal winners in Boxing for India along with World Championship Medallist Nikhat Zareen and Former World Number One Amit Panghal. The Indian boxer noted that her gold at the Commonwealth Games is dedicated to the nation.

She also took time out to give credits to the legendary Mary Kom who she looks up to.

“I want to dedicate this medal to my entire country. And I want to thank my family and coach for their never-ending support and prayers. My Idol is MC Mary Kom, I always watch her videos which makes me very happy. I also train with her. I am feeling extremely delighted that I won a gold medal for my country and saw the tricolour wave high. My next target is to continue to work hard for my country and bring back more medals in the tournaments I play,” Nitu concluded.

India won a total of seven medals in Boxing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with three gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals.

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