New Delhi, Jun 1: Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Monday recommended star boxers Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan for country's highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award while women boxers Lovlina Borgohain, Simranjit Kaur and Manish Kaushik were named for Arjuna Award.
Both Panghal and Krishan have taken Indian boxing to even greater heights with their unwavering focus and consistent performances in elite tournaments in the last four years.
Panghal has been a revelation in the last couple of years and has added an Asian Games gold, Asian Championships gold and CWG silver medal before scripting history at last year’s World Championships with a silver medal. Vikas, a former World Championships bronze medallist, too soared high with his haul of a gold medal from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a couple of bronze medals from the Asian Games and Asian Championships. Manish Kaushik displayed exemplary courage at the 2019 World Championships to clinch a bronze to add to the silver he won from the Commonwealth Games the preceding year on his debut.
Lovlina Borgohain and Simranjit Kaur have been two of the most talented young women’s boxers we have produced in the recent few years and they have proved it with their credentials. While Borgohain went on to capture two bronze medals from the last two World Championships, Simranjit flourished with a silver each from the 2018 World Championships as well as the 2019 Asian Championships. MORE (UNI)