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Selay, Preety win bouts

Over 70 budding pugilists, including boys and girls, displayed their prowess inside the ring at Inter-centre Boxing Championship organised by Urban Services (Tata Steel) at Baridih Community Centre on Thursday.

The participants representing four community centres — Namda, Sitaramdera, Baridih and Tuiladungri — run by Urban Services tried hard to win the bouts conducted in the weight categories of 30-69 kg.

Sitamramdera eventually emerged overall champions with 32 points, while Baridih (20 points) had to be satisfied with the runner-up slot. Selay Soy of Sitamramdera bagged the best boxer trophy in the boy’s category, while Preety Kumari lapped up the honours in the girl’s section.

Tata Steel sports department head and secretary of Jharkhand Boxing Association Charles Borromeo handed over the trophies to the winning teams. Urban Services head Sanjay and manager Basant Singh were also present on the occasion.

“I feel proud to win the best boxer title. I had worked hard for this championship,” said 16-year-old Selay.

Preety (15) said she was looking forward to attend the training camp and would try her best to make her way to the Tata Steel Boxing Training Centre.

According to the Urban Services manager, the winners of this championship would be selected for a 15-day training camp at JRD Tata Sports Complex from July 21. “The participants who show improvement during the training camp will be identified and selected for further stint at the Tata Steel Boxing Training Centre,” he added.

Urban Services imparts regular training in various sporting disciplines, including athletics, volleyball, cross-country, football, body building and power-lifting, at its 12-odd community centres.

“Such training helps identify sporting talents and nurture them through proper guidance,” Singh added.

The participants at the inter-centre meet were identified from the community centres on the basis of their interest and inclination to learn professional boxing.