Chandigarh, January 6
Chandigarh boxers Monika and Nandani, who now plays for the Indian Railways, have been selected for the U-22 Asian Boxing Championship. The trials for the championship were conducted by the Boxing Federation of India on January 3 and 4 at the NIS, Patiala.
The Asian Championship is scheduled to be held at Tashkent from January 20. Monika (51kg) is a student of GGDSD College, Sector 32, and has won gold medals in the All-India Inter-University and inter-college championships. She won a bronze medal in the Women’s Elite Senior National Championship, a gold medal in the 20th Chandigarh (Senior) Elite Women’s State Championship and a gold medal in Khelo India University Games, besides winning other major tournaments.
Monika, who comes from a humble background, will represent the nation for the first time. She is a trainee of Virinder Dangi, who is posted at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula.
“My family is happy with my selection and I will try to bring home a gold medal,” said Monika, whose father is a small-time farmer and mother is a housewife. “My journey is full of struggle and it has taught me to survive in the toughest conditions,” said Monika.