The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) in its show of strength, staged a grand opening ceremony, befitting the staging of the AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship.
They threw in never seen before glitz and glamour, live music and dance performances as loads of sparkling fireworks lit up the Guwahati skyline at the Md Tayabullah Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
Gracing the occasion were Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, AIBA vice-president Tedd Tanner and BFI pesident Ajay Singh along with boxing Olympians, including the World Championships ambassador Mary Kom, the Assam sports minister Naba Kumar Doley and host of other dignitaries. The CM who is also the chairman of the LOC declared the World Championships open.
The CM also declared his dream of making Assam the capital sporting state in the country having the best of sporting facilities and stadiums.
The packed stadium went into raptures once the CM declared the tournament. The applauds reached a crescendo the moment the traditional Assamese floated into the stadium and on stage, followed by an Indian classical dance fusion and the Assamese singing sensation Shimanto Shekar got the local crowd going as he belted out the local hit songs.
It was Bollywood sensation, Shaan who sang the anthem song of the tournament, ‘Make Some Noise’ with kid boxers that drew the curtains to the opening day’s ceremony.