“As an athlete I am right here to symbolize India. For me, Hindu-Muslim would not matter. I am not representing a neighborhood however my nation,” world champion boxer Nikhat Zareen mentioned on Monday when requested about individuals speaking extra about her spiritual background than her achievements. “I’m joyful to win a medal for my nation,” the 25-year-old pugilist from Telangana mentioned throughout an interplay, the place she additionally emphasised on the significance of help required for dealing with psychological strain at high-stakes sporting occasions.
Zareen had turn out to be solely the fifth Indian girl to be topped world champion final month when she beat Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas 5-0 within the flyweight division of the championship in Turkey.
So much has been spoken about how Zareen, who comes from an orthodox society as she needed to overcome societal prejudice to make a profession in boxing.
Because the dialogue turned to her sport, she mentioned dealing with “psychological strain” on the highest stage is one thing Indian athletes lack and pushed for specialised coaching to beat this hurdle at big-ticket occasions.
Indian athletes tend to carry out effectively at common occasions however falter on the massive stage just like the Olympics or the World Championships.
“Our Indian boxers are very proficient, we’re not lower than anybody. Now we have power, pace and energy.. every little thing,” Zareen mentioned when requested the place the Indian boxers are missing.
“It is simply that after you attain that (world) stage, boxers must be given coaching to deal with the psychological strain.
“When you attain the large platforms a variety of athletes turn out to be nervous, they are not in a position to carry out,” added Zareen, who was speaking at an interplay organised by the Indian Girls’s Press Corps (IWPC).
Zareen, who was topped the world champion within the flyweight occasion final month, has additionally sealed a berth for the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games, beginning on July 28.
Zareen has needed to wait lengthy for an opportunity within the flyweight class which veteran Indian boxer MC Mary Kom has made her personal however the Telengana boxer feels the wait elevated her starvation to do effectively.
“Not just for me however different boxers in that class, they too wished an opportunity. However it’s important to show your self and I’ve performed that by turning into world champion.
“If I hadn’t struggled and if Mary Kom would not have been in my weight class I won’t have labored so arduous.
“And if I hadn’t labored arduous I would not be a world champion at this time. So I’ll take it in a optimistic means. Perhaps I had extra starvation as a result of I obtained an opportunity so late.” She had demanded a “truthful trial” for the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers, additionally towards Mary Kom.
After the trial, which Mary Kom gained 9-1, Zareen had tried to hug the senior boxer however was snubbed by the Manipuri.
“I felt dangerous at the moment as a result of the individual I think about my position mannequin, my idol, behaved in such a means. However issues occur within the warmth of the second as a result of the bout could be very intense.
“I’ve moved on from that, I met her after successful the world championship and every little thing is nice.”
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