Sources have confirmed to Insidesport.co that the Star Sports and the Boxing Federation of India have inked the broadcast deal for the 10-day competition, scheduled at the IG Stadium’s K.D. Jhadav Hall from November 15 to 24.
The deal will mark a first for amateur boxing in India. Even as professional boxing knights and pro bouts have been shown live on Indian sports channels, it will be the first occasion that an amateur boxing competition will be broadcast live in India, a source privy to the deal has said.
Talks are also on with Prasar Bharati to simulcast the World Championship on Doodrashan sports network for a wider reach.
Olympic bronze medallist and women boxing icon in India MC Mary Kom, who will also be competing in the 48 kg category, has been named the brand ambassador for the championship. Pinky Rani Jangra (51 kg) and veteran L Sarita Devi (60 kg) are among the other major names in the 10-member Indian squad.
The Boxing Federation of India on Thursday had also releaseled the logo and anthem of the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
The 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championship with around 300 pugilists from 70 countries will see the highest participation ever. The strong field includes Olympic medallists as well as World and European Champions.
The Indian Squad: MC Mary Kom (48 Kg), Pinky Jangra (51 Kg), Manisha Maun (54 Kg), Sonia Lather (57 Kg), L Sarita Devi (60 Kg), Simranjit Kaur (64 Kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 Kg), Saweety Boora (75 Kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81 Kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 Kg).