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Tata Steel’s Noamundi Boxing Centre nurturing talents


Noamundi: It is said, every great dream begins with a dreamer and the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. 30-year-old Ranjit Kaur who travelled to Noamundi from Odisha has sculpted passion with time to keep alive her love for boxing. Kaur aspires to be Jharkhand’s Mary Kom in years to come.

Born in Rourkela district of Odisha, Ranjit Kaur was always keen to be in sports. Working in a private mining firm at Rourkela, Ranjit Kaur’s dreams kept shattering for a very long time, until last year when she came to know about Noamundi Boxing Centre (NBC). The 11th Jharkhand State Boxing Championship was hosted by NBC in collaboration with Jharkhand Boxing Association at Noamundi in 2017. The tournament was Kaur’s calling and fate began weaving a tale for her dreams again.

Under able training and guidance of coach Niraj Biruli, it is time now for Ranjit Kaur to show her grit at the 12th Jharkhand State Boxing Championship (JSBC), schedule to begin from December 26, 2018 at Noamundi. Ranjit Kaur will be contesting under the 60-64 kilo light welter weight category for the first time in a state level championship. Training for rigorous 8 hours a day, Ranjit Kaur’s burning desire is to make it to the next level.

Excited about her debut in JSBC, Ranjit Kaur said, “It was a longing dream for me to be a boxer. It is indeed an emotional moment for me. I have been undergoing training for more than 8 months now I am excited to be a part of this championship. Tata Steel’s state-of-the-art boxing centre at Noamundi has given fillip to my dream. To be a women boxer at this age is challenge but it is the drive for the game that gets me going all the time.” In the year gone by, Jharkhand Boxing Association affiliated NBC has more than 40 budding boxers, training hard every day to make their dream come true. It is people like Ranjit Kaur, who come out and break taboos.

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