It has been an unimaginable, 12-year-long journey on the earth of boxing for Nikhat Zareen. Now, after her beautiful efficiency within the Girls’s world championship in Istanbul (Turkey) on Sunday, she and her proud household have each purpose to look again with a way of pleasure.
It was successful story the place a standard middle-class woman from a conservative household defied the routine script and all odds to carve her personal area of fame in Indian sport.
Not surprisingly, Nikhat has at all times insisted on the sort of assist she acquired from her mother and father – father Mohammed Jameel Ahmed, who was a gross sales officer within the Gulf earlier than shifting again residence, and mom Parveen Sultana – to maintain going. Being the third amongst 4 sisters, it was all of the more difficult for Nikhat to discover new frontiers.
The defining second of her profession was when Shamsamsuddin, who educated boxers on his personal in Nizamabad (Telangana), felt that Nikhat ought to take up boxing not simply due to her angle, guts and grit but additionally for the easy indisputable fact that he thought she had a a lot better probability to make it large in girls’s boxing.
For as soon as, Nikhat joined boxing at 13 and inside six months, she gained the State championship gold in 2010 in Karimnagar and was picked for the Rural Nationals in Punjab, successful the gold medal.
Inside three months, Nikhat was adjudged the ‘greatest boxer’ in addition to the gold she gained within the sub-junior nationals in Erode (Tamil Nadu). Quickly, Nikhat joined the Sports activities Authority of India camp in Visakhapatnam below the tutelage of Dronacharya I. Venkateswara Rao.
After eight months coaching, her superb run continued as she gained the gold within the 2011 World Junior and Youth Championship for women in Antalaya.
Nikhat’s household additionally recalled that the Rs. 50 lakhs money incentive handed over by Telangana Chief Minister Okay. Chandrasekhara Rao in 2014 was an enormous gesture. Nevertheless, nothing was provided after that regardless of successful worldwide medals.
One of many highlights of her spectacular profession is the sort of planning that was in place – she educated below the Jindal programme for particular coaching below John Warburton in JSW’s Encourage Institute of Sport (Bellary) at any time when she was not within the Indian camp or with Chiranjeevi in Hyderabad.
This manner, the entire programme of staying match and focussed, was a steady course of with out a break.
Proper by, Jameel Ahmed recalled that there have been many challenges – just like the notorious tussle with seasoned Mary Kom with regard to the qualification course of for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics or the shoulder harm in 2018 which stored her out of motion for practically one 12 months, when many had written her off.
“However, there was by no means a second once we considered giving up,” Jameel mentioned.
For somebody who hated to lose – within the ring and in life, Nikhat is an embodiment of indefatigable spirit with an intense need to succeed below stress.