Zarine flavorswhich became Thursday Fifth Indian boxer woman to win gold medal in the world championship, achieve glory On a journey of 13 years with hard work and determination.
The girl came from a conservative, middle-class Muslim family and from the town of Nizamabad, which lacks a sports infrastructure. Overcame all odds Steel design to hold its own.
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On Thursday, Nikat’s parents and three sisters were thrilled and proud as she defeated Thai Jitpong Gautamas in the 52kg class to join the hand-picked club of Indian boxers who have achieved glory in the world championships.
“Winning the gold medal in the World Championships is something that will serve as an inspiration for Muslim girls as well as every girl in the country to achieve a greater goal in life. The Indian Express quoted Jamil Ahmed Al-Afqi, as saying that a child, where it is a boy or a girl, has to Shove his own way.
The 26-year-old achieved the feat in Turkey, 11 years after taking gold at the Women’s World Youth Boxing Championships in the flyweight category in the same country. She was the first boxer from the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh to achieve this feat.
“When Muhammad Ali’s daughter can do it, why can’t I?” Nikat had asked after entering the boxing ring in 2009.
The third among the four daughters of Jamil and Parveen Sultana, Nikhat wanted to prove that she could do just that. She has finally proven her strength with hard work, discipline and commitment.
Within six months after hitting the ring, she won the gold of the state championship in 2010 in Karimnagar. She was chosen for the rural subjects of Punjab, where she was given gold.
The run of success continued as she won the gold medal in the junior nationals of Tamil Nadu.
Her father, Jamil Ahmed, was a sales official in Saudi Arabia before returning to his home country.
“I was working as a sales assistant in Saudi Arabia for 15 years before deciding to switch to my daughter’s system to support her studies and my daughter’s sports,” said Jamil, the father of Nuqat.
“While Nukhat’s two older sisters are doctors, I had to spend some time training Nikhat as well as her younger sister, who plays badminton. When Nukhat told us she wanted to be a boxer, there was no hesitation in our minds. But sometimes, he tells us Relatives or friends that a girl should not play sports where she has to wear shorts. But we knew that whatever Nikhat wanted, we would support her dream.”
Nikat didn’t have to look for a coach either. After discovering the innate qualities of a boxer, her uncle Muhammad Samusuddin started her training in an open space at the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) training center in Nizamabad. The lack of adequate infrastructure in the town did not prevent it from achieving its goal.
Nakhat began training with her three cousins, who are international boxers. According to Simsimuddin, her interest in boxing grew after watching and practicing with her sons, thus she grew confident and courageous.
Although winning a medal at the Olympics is Nikat’s ultimate goal, her run at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ended under controversial circumstances when Mary Kom qualified by defeating her in an intense and ill-tempered test match in 2019.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) approved the test match after Nikhat threw the challenge. Earlier, the Telangana boxer was not happy after the International Federation of the Red Cross canceled a test match at the last minute to send Mari Kom to the 2019 World Championships in Russia.
However, Nikhat shed her gallbladder and overcame a shoulder injury, which kept her out of action for a year, to stay focused on her career.
(with inputs from agencies)
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