Lovlina, Pooja Rani need to win one…
Lovlina, Pooja Rani need to win one round to secure Tokyo Olympic berth
Two-time World Championships bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Asian Championships gold medallist Pooja Rani (75kg) are one win away from qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics as the draw for the Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers scheduled to be held in Amman, Jordan from March 3-11, was announced on Monday. Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) will be able to make the trip to Tokyo if she wins her first two bouts and reaches the semis.
5 women boxers from the country need to reach the semi-finals as they remain in the hunt for a coveted Tokyo Olympic berth at this continental event, being conducted by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force.
For the 2019 World Championships bronze medallist Mary Kom, her first big challenge will come in the form of third seed Tam Thi Nguyen of Vietnam, whom she can meet in the semi-finals. Nguyen won a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games and certainly has the experience of battling with the best.
Former World Championships bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Sakshi (57kg) too need to win two rounds to realise their Olympic dreams.