India won 2 gold medals in Montenegro boxing tournament

India won 2 gold medals in Montenegro boxing tournament

New Delhi: Winca (60 kg) and T Sanamacha Chanu (75 kg) won gold medals as India's young boxers continued their brilliant performance in the 30th Adriatic Pearl tournament in Budva, Montenegro. Apart from two gold medals, Indian boxers also won two silver and three bronze medals. Earlier, Alfia Pathan (over 81 kg) won the first gold medal for India in the current tournament.

Vinaka of Rohtak beat Moldova's Kristina Kripper 5-0 in the final while Manipur's Sanamacha defeated Raj Sahiba 5-0 in the All India Final in the 75kg category. India got the second silver in the 48kg category where Geetika faced a 1–4 defeat against Uzbekistan's Farzona Fojilova in the final despite a tough challenge. 

In the women's 57kg semi-final, Preeti had to settle for a bronze medal with a 1–4 defeat against Bojana Gojkovic of Montenegro. In the men's category, Priyanshu Dabas (49 kg) and Jugnu (over 91 kg) won bronze medals. Both boxers lost in their respective semi-finals. Priyanshu lost 2-3 against Uzbekistan's Ishajonov Ibrokhim in a close match, while Jugnu was beaten 5-0 by Ukraine's Vecil Takachuk in a one-sided match. 

Lucky Rana defeated Gulshoda Istamova of Uzbekistan 3–0 in the women's 64kg quarterfinals. He will take on Finland's Liya Pukila in the final on Sunday. Apart from Lucky, 2 more women boxers from India will compete for the gold medal on the final day. Babirojisana Chanu (51 kg) and Arunadhati Chaudhary (69 kg) will also enter the title match today. Babirojisana will face Sabina Bobokulova of Uzbekistan, while Arunaditya will face Mariana Stoiko of Ukraine. 

Indo-Pak Express will be back on track, Rohan Bopanna-Aisam-ul-Haq will return after 6 years

Indo-Pak Express will be back on track, Rohan Bopanna-Aisam-ul-Haq will return after 6 years

In the current era, the coming together of India (Pakistan) and Pakistan (Pakistan) seems like a nuisance, but it is happening. Nowhere else on the tennis court. The pair of India's Rohan Bopanna (Rohan Bopanna) and Aisam-ul-Haq of Pakistan, popularly known as Indo-Pak Express, are going to return to the tennis court. With this, the players of India and Pakistan will be seen playing together after a long time.

The Indo-Pak Express will return to the Acapulco ATP 500 tournament to be played in Mexico on 15 March. After six years, the pair will return to the court. Earlier, the pair had appeared in the Schengen ATP 250 tournament. The 40-year-old duo of India and Pakistan will play Philhas together in only one tournament.

Were shown in 2010

The biggest success of the pair, which made headlines due to poor Indo-Pak diplomatic relationship, was the 2010 US Open final, where they lost to the Bryan brothers. Bopanna reached his career-best ranking at that time at the third position. Bopanna had then decided to team up with veteran Mahesh Bhupathi to prepare for the 2012 Olympics. Qureshi told PTI, "Right now we are coming together only to play in Mexico. We have not yet talked about the future. " Asked if this could be a long-term arrangement, Qureshi said, "Hopefully, if it goes well, we can play more tournaments together in the future."

Earlier there were plans to come together

The Pakistani tennis legend said that he was actually trying to enter the Dubai Duty Free Championship simultaneously, but his plan was not successful. He said, "We spent a lot of time together in Australia. We were planning to play in Dubai. He needed a partner and I also needed a partner. So we thought that let's make a team for the Dubai Open, unfortunately we could not qualify for it. Our combined ranking was not of that level but we managed to make it to Acapulco. ”

Decision will be taken later in the future

Whether or not the pair will play together in the future will be decided later. Right now the focus of both of these is on doing well in the upcoming tournament. Qureshi said, "I am very excited. Hopefully, we will play well together and it will be successful. Then we can decide to play some more tournaments together, but at the moment we have come together only for this tournament. I do not know what his (Bopanna) plan is for 2021. They have decided to pair with someone or not. We will see how the situation is. "

Bopanna and Qureshi started the 'Stop War, Start Tennis' campaign to spread the peace message, which also received the 'Earth as humanity' award. The Acapulco ATP 500 tournament will be played from 15 March to 20 March.

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