Harpal Singh Bedi / New Delhi
Formidable Scotland and Kosovo are among the nine countries that will debut at the tenth edition of the AIBA Women's Boxing World Championship that will begin on Friday at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, becoming one of the toughest competitions.
This is the first time that New Delhi hosts the World Championships since 2006, when 178 boxers from 33 nations fought for medals. After 12 years, female boxing has improved significantly and is evident because 72 countries registered to participate in the next edition.
Previously, 102 nations of all five Confederations participated in the nine editions of the World Championship since 2001.
A strong boxing power. Scotland has formed its female boxing team a few years ago, but never sent equipment to the previous editions of the championships. Three of his boxers, including Victoria Glover (57 carats), aged 19, will fight for the best honors. The other two are Stephanie Kernachan (51kg) and Megan Reid (64kg).
Kosovo joined the World Boxing Body (AIBA) in 2012 and its boxers participated in the male, youth and youth elite of AIBA events in recent years. The first boxer of debutants in the country, Donjeta Sadiku, is the European Women's European Women's Championship of the EU and the 19-year-old boxer has claimed silver in the Junior World Championships of Taipei 2015.
The third European country that debuts is Malta, which is not a nation that is a regular participant in world events. His latest appearance was at the 2009 World Championship in the elite men's competition but Australian Skye Falzon will join the Women's Championships.
Bangladesh has launched its female boxing program a few years ago and its National Championships have been added to its calendar since 2013. After the participation of women's boxers in the South Asian Games (SAG), three boxers from Bangladesh will be present in the world level here.
Another debutant of the worlds will be Cayman Islands, a new female boxing participant in the American continent. Its competitor Brandy Barnes of the Commonwealth Games is only 20 years old, but has international experiences in the Lightweight category (48kg).
Four nations of African nations – Congo, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Somalia – will also participate for the first time.
The Somali boxer to watch will be based in London Ramla Ali, who represented England in the past but who had decided to change his nationality and represent his country of origin.