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Lovlina Borgohain gets direct entry into India’s squad for AIBA World Championship

Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) has been handed direct qualification for the upcoming Women’s World Boxing Championships by the Indian federation, which has decided that the rest of the team will be made up of gold winners from the upcoming nationals.

The national championship will be held in Hisar from October 21 and like the recently concluded men’s event, the champions will make it to the world team.

The Boxing Federation of India said, “The gold medalist in each weight category 69kg (as) except Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain will represent India at the AIBA Women’s World Championships.”

Apart from this, the gold and silver winners of the nationals will also confirm their place in the national camp. Bronze winners will compete in trials featuring medalists from the previous three editions of the tournament for a place in the camp.

The 24-year-old is now set to pull out of the national tournament after cementing her place in the team based on her performance in Tokyo.

The Women’s World Championships is to be held in Istanbul in December. The exact dates for the marquee competition have not been decided yet.

Waiting for the start of the men’s camp for the World Championships

The men’s camp for the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, to be held on October 24, is yet to begin.

A federation source said it could start in Patiala in the next few days amid constant churning over who among the coaching staff and support staff will travel to Belgrade with the team.

“Time is running fast. Hopefully things will move ahead in the next two days,” the source said.

The BFI has made it clear that the coaching staff for both male and female campers is all set to improve over the next few months.

The review is being done in the backdrop of the performance of the Tokyo Olympics in which none of the male boxers made it to the medal round.

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