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How an underweight Rohtak girl Parveen got a World Boxing bronze

Back in 2011, a young Parveen Hooda heard the munadi wala (town crier) making an announcement about sarpanch Sudhir Hooda setting up a boxing academy in her village Rurki near Rohtak. She would urge her father Lakhpat Singh to get her enrolled in the academy, even though the family’s financial condition wasn’t great. But with the academy not charging any fee from its trainees, that problem was solved.

On Wednesday, 21-year-old Parveen lost by a 1:4 split decision against Amy Broadhurst of Ireland in the 63kg semi-final of the IBA World Women’s Boxing Championship in Turkey, not before ensuring a medal at the world stage. Now, her father and coach were making plans to make an announcement about her feat through the village munadi wala before her return home.

“I had become the sarpanch of the village in 2011 and decided to open a boxing academy for the village kids. I got the announcement of the academy made through the munadi wala and more than 100 kids, including 60 girls, had come to enquire. I remember Parveen asking about the fee and rushing home to tell her father that there will be none. Since that day, I have seen the same passion for boxing in her every single day. We will be making the announcement in the village for her grand welcome,” Parveen’s coach Sudhir Hooda told.

The youngster would first win the sub-junior title in Haryana before becoming the national sub-junior champion in Kolkata in 2011. While the period from 2012 to 2016 would not see any sub-junior or junior events being conducted due to the ban on the then Indian Boxing Federation, and coach Hooda shifting to Rohtak, it meant that the youngster would travel in an auto to the stadium from her village.

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