Manipur boxer L Sarita Devi, who is a former World and Asian Champion was on Wednesday elected representative of women boxers in the National Boxing Federation’s Executive Council.
Sarita Devi, who won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships last year, was voted in by 22 of the 31 Team Captains at the election conducted during the ongoing National Championship in Rohtak.
Speaking to the media she said, “I would be aiming to raise the problems faced by women boxers because I have practical experience of how things work,”.
She beat Railway Sports Promotion Board’s Seema Punia, the lone candidate up against her in the polls.
“I decided to contest the polls two days ago because as a senior boxer, I thought it is important that I give voice to girls and their issues,” she added.
Sarita joins former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar as a boxers’ representative in the executive council. Manoj was elected to the position in 2016 during the National Championships in Guwahati.