2022 CWG Gold Medalist Boxer Nitu Ghangas Dedicates Victory to Her Dad
- Nitu Ghangas picked up India’s first boxing gold medal at CWG 2022.
- She defeated her English opponent Demie-Jade Resztan in the final by unanimous decision in the women’s minimum weight final.
- She is the second Indian woman to win a boxing gold medal at the Commonwealth Games after Mary Kom in 2018.
Nitu Ghangas has revealed what she and her trainer discussed just before the start of the final fight against the Englishwoman, and what strategy she applied. “Before entering the ring, I spoke to my trainer Bhaskar Chandra Bhatt, asking him what was the strategy for the match. He said that since my opponent was small, she would try to come towards me and attack more He told me to move to the side and attack him, that’s something I followed,” Nitu said in an interaction with India Today.
Nitu also mentioned how she was supported through thick and thin by her family, especially her father. “I received a lot of support from my family, especially my father, who did not take a salary for three years and accompanied me every day in my training. He never said that it was a girl so we won’t be supporting her, he’s been there throughout my training and diet,” she said.
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“He is very happy that I won the medal. He feels it is his medal and he came to fight here. He is so happy that he feels that he is wearing this medal himself,” added the gold medal boxer.
Finally, the young boxer dedicated her medal to her father. “Before, my training started at 4:30 p.m., which people weren’t used to in the village. People thought I was wasting time. My father supported me in those times when people didn’t believe in me. He used to stay outside in the heat while I was training indoors. He was taking care of a family without making any money, so it’s all on him,” concluded Nitu Ghangas.