Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain to train in Turkey for Paris Olympics


The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved proposals for Indian women boxers Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain to undergo specialized training in Turkey. This initiative is part of their preparations for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.

Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain to train in Turkey

The boxers include two-time World Championships gold medallist Nikhat Zareen and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain. Other boxers who will be part of this training camp are Asian Games bronze medal-winning boxers Parveen Hooda and Preeti Pawar.

The decision to send the boxers to a foreign training camp came after the departure of High-Performance Director Bernard Dunne. The aim of this initiative is to bolster India’s medal prospects in boxing, following the acquisition of four quota places in women’s boxing.

Sports Ministry’s Support for athletes ahead of Paris Olympics

Along with the boxers, two coaches and a physiotherapist will also be travelling to Turkey to help them prepare for the Games. This move underscores the importance of comprehensive training and preparation in enhancing the performance of athletes at the highest level.

The MOC has also sanctioned foreign training camps for five Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) listed wrestlers preparing for the upcoming Paris Olympics Qualifiers and Asian Championships in Bishkek. This shows the Ministry’s commitment to providing the necessary support to athletes across various disciplines.

Furthermore, Indian shooter Bhowneesh Mendiratta will train in Italy under the guidance of coach Daniele Di Spigno for the ISSF World Cup in Baku. The Sports Ministry, through its TOPS funding, will cover all necessary expenses, demonstrating its unwavering support for athletes across various disciplines.

Moreover, MOC has extended financial assistance to athletes like Murali Sreeshankar and Manika Batra, enabling their participation in international events. Sreeshankar, an Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medallist, will receive support for his participation in the Diamond League. On the other hand, Manika Batra, an accomplished paddler, will receive financial assistance for participation in WTT Feeder Varazdin in Croatia.

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