Nikhat, Lovlina qualify for Asian Games, confirms India's HPD Bernard Dunne

Updated: Mar 25 2023 8:45PM

New Delhi, Mar 25 (PTI) India's High Performance Director (HPD) Bernard Dunne on Saturday confirmed star boxers Nikhat Zareen and Lovina Borgohain have qualified for the Asian Games, which are also the first Olympic Qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Games.

For selection to the Asian Games, to be held from September 23 to October 8 in Hangzhou, China, the Boxing Federation of India's (BFI) policy states "Athletes who achieve Gold/Silver at World championships will be an automatic selection for the first Olympic qualifier at the Asian Games." It means Nikhat (50kg) and Lovlina (75kg), who have reached the light flyweight and middleweight final of the ongoing World Championships respectively, have qualified for the continental event.

"Those who win gold or silver here (at the World Championships) are the automatic selection for the Asian Games," Dunne told reporters.