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Hindu-Muslim does not matter, I play for the country… Big message from India’s champion boxer daughter Nikhat Zareen

New Delhi:World champion boxer Nikhat Zareen said that she represents India instead of representing any community. When Zareen was asked here on Monday that people talk about her religious background more than her hard work and achievements in the ring, she said Hindu-Muslim does not matter to her.

Hailing from a conservative society, Zareen had to deal with societal prejudices to pursue a career in boxing, but the 25-year-old clarified that she plays and wins for India and not for any particular community.

She said, ‘As a player, I represent India. Hindu-Muslim doesn’t matter to me. I do not represent any community, I represent the country and I am happy to win a medal for the country.

In an interaction organized by the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), Zareen said the Indian sportsperson is a bit behind in dealing with the ‘mental pressure’ at large and the training it needs to do well on the global stage.

Indian players do well in regular events but falter on the big stage like the Olympics or the World Championships. When Nikhat was asked where Indian boxers are lacking, he said, “Indian boxers are very talented, we are not less than anyone. We have everything with strength, speed and required skills.

The 25-year-old boxer from Telangana said, “A lot of players get under pressure after reaching the big stage and they are unable to perform. Just once you reach that (world) level, boxers need to be trained to handle the mental pressure.

Zareen had to wait for her turn as the veteran Mary Kom was in the weight category, but she said it only fueled her urge to do well in the game.

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