State boxing champs Sarathi and Muskan have eyes set on Olympics 2024

Gangtok, 24 Jul:

A six-member team of Sports & Youth Affairs Department, East district has shown outstanding performance in the recently concluded 16th State Boxing Championship 2018 for sub-junior and junior girls and boys here at Paljor Stadium.

In the three-day championship held from 20-22 Jul, the SYA East team bagged five medals including02 gold and 03 silver medals along withthe team championship trophy in sub-junior girls’ category.

Gold medalists are SarathiMukhia and MuskanKhatoon while silver medals were bagged by PrabhatSewa, AneeLepcha and SunainaTamang. These pugilists have been practicing under State boxing coach, PratimaGooroong. She has also been assisted voluntarily by national pugilist, Tenzing Sherpa, who is also a North East bronze medalist.

Sharing their experiences with SummitTimes today, gold medalists, SarathiMukhia and MuskanKhatoon,informed that the duo had started formal boxing training in the year 2016 and since then they have been undergoing rigorous training under the State boxing coach, MsGooroong.

Interestingly, these two talented pugilists had won a gold medal each in their respective category of sub-junior in the State boxing championship held at MG Marg in their first year of boxing in 2016 itself.

Their second gold medal in the State championship this year has further motivated them to practice harder for their future competitions. Both have been practicing hard for nearly three-hours daily under the State coach with the target to qualify for the upcoming 2024 Olympics. Mary Kom is the inspiration for these young pugilists of the State, they express.

15-year-old Sarathi is the daughter of SushilMukhia and SaraswatiMukhia of Arithang in East Sikkim. She is a class IX student of Modern Senior Secondary School. She expressed her immense happiness and satisfaction on winning the second consecutive gold medal in her category in the State championship.

“I have been interested in boxing since my childhood and I loved watching boxing matches on television. I started my formal boxing training from 2016. The immense support and encouragement of my parents and family has been helping me to go ahead in this field,” Sarathi said.

She expressed her deep desire to win medals for the State in the national championship and to get qualified in the national camp so as to represent the country in the near future.

“With the support of our coaches, we have been practicing hard with dedication to qualify for Olympics 2024,” she expressed.

Likewise, another promising pugilist, 15-year-old MuskanKhatoon is the daughter of Mainudin Ansari and SabanaKhatoon of Diesel Power House area. She is also a student of Class IX of Deorali Girls Senior Secondary School. She has also expressed satisfaction on winning the second consecutive gold medal in her category in the State championship.

“I had no idea about boxing until the day,coach, MsGooroong, came to our school and motivated us to join the free coaching camp in boxing in 2016 which generated some interest in boxing and then I joined boxing training,” Muskan said.

Initially, her parents were against her boxing training but seeing her dedication, improvement and achievement, they started supporting her.

“Initially my parents did not support me in boxing but I have slowly convinced them with my dedication and passion in boxing. They started fully supporting me when I won my first gold medal in the State championship in 2016,” she expressed.

Muskan is also preparing hard under her coaches to win medals for the State in the national championship and then to represent the country in international championships. She has set her eyes on the 2024 Olympics.

State boxing coach, PratimaGooroong, stated that both have full potential to do well in national and international levels of boxing.

“They are very serious and dedicated and have been practicing hard since the beginning with consistent progress,” she said.