Harpreet Kaur from village near Ludhiana just won a Gold Medal in the World Junior Boxing tournament in Taiwan. The locals of the village watched her live online and were screaming with joy and dancing as she beat her Irish opponent to win the Gold Medal.
The amazing thing is that Harpreet is a class-12 student who already has many national and international titles but the World Junior championship is the biggest one yet.
“The final had got us all very excited,” said Harpreet Kaur, cousin of Mandeep Kaur, adding: “Some of us were following it on YouTube. Her coach was sending us videos of the bout constantly. When her hand was raised, it was a proud moment for us.” The boxer’s mother, Daljeet Kaur, couldn’t watch these videos because of pending chores, but her ears were glued to the news coming in from Taipei.
“I knew my daughter would make it,” she said. “Mandeep called us later and said: ‘I have won.’ A grand welcome awaits her on return,” said Harpreet Kaur.
The president of her first training academy said, “We have a plenty of international titles, but a world championship is like an Olympic medal to us,” said academy president Balwant Singh, adding: “The girl’s indomitable spirit took her to victory. She started boxing in 2008 and since 2011 is getting us medals regularly.”
Interesting to note that her brother is also a state level boxer.