Boxing tournament kicks off in Kolkata
Around 142 boys and 26 girls from 30 units spread throughout West Bengal came together on Monday to participate in a 3 day boxing tournament which started at the South Calcutta Physical Culture Association, here.
The 3 day event is a part of the 4th Netaji Subhas State Games of Bengal Olympic Association.
The tournament is organised and authorised by the Bengal Amateur Boxing Federation (BABF), presided over by Asit Banerjee, a pillar of boxing for almost 50 years.
This year 3 new units came from Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.
Among the boxers were national medallists such as Amar Roy, Rabi Routh, Sreekumar Routh, Bikram Mallik, Bishnu Chetri.
The women boxers included medallists Sarita Khatoon, Suman Kumari, Parveen Rajbhar, Taslima Khatoon.
The event on Monday is of 33 bouts.
So far two outstanding bouts have happened: Bout No.4 featured B.Roy of Jalpaiguri in his debut appearance.
He won over Md. S.Joha of Durgapur by a narrow margin.
The next bout saw national medallist Rabi Rauth of Howrah District beat Bishnu Khetri, international medallist, by a split decision among 3 judges, in a technically splendid encounter.
The most heartening input was the performance of the 26 women boxers, some of whom from the New Light association, an NGO working with socially marginalised women.
Their children are now accomplished boxers.