The Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati is being renovated and upgraded to host the AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championship from November 19.
“The Assam government has spent over Rs 8.5 crore to renovate the stadium into a state-of-the-art sporting facility, by adding a modern gym and upgrading the practice venues as well. Sports Authority of India has also upgraded the SAI Indoor stadium, which will also be used as a practice venue,” a statement released by the local organizers said.
The Nabin Chandra Stadium, along with DTRP Indoor Stadium and SAI Indoor Stadium will be the host to the week-long championships, beginning on November 19.
It was informed that a 25-strong contingent has been practicing at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi for last one month, under chief coach Raffaele Bergamasco from Italy. A number of boxers have also gone on exposure-cum-competition trips abroad and have come back with 27 medals in the last few months.
“We are giving final touches to all the facilities for the World Championships and are confident that the boxers and visiting dignitaries will enjoy their stint in India,” said RK Sacheti, executive director, Boxing Federation of India.
The seating capacity of the main stadium has been upgraded and will now house 2,400 spectators.
“We are proud of the boxing rings. They are AIBA-approved international standards rings and they will be used for the first time in India,” Hemanta Kalita, competition manager, AIBA Youth Women’s Boxing Championship, said.
This will be India’s first international championship in seven years, and the first ever World Youth Championship in the country. Close to 200 boxers from 38 countries will be vying for glory.
The championship will act as a qualifying platform to earn quota berths for Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and middleweight categories.