Alfiya Pathan’s coach since childhood Ganesh Purohit (2L) holds her gold medal posing along with Porus Kotwal (2R), Secretary, Nagpur District Boxing Association, Alfiya’s father Akram Khan Pathan (R) and Sanjay Joardar, also a trainee of Purohit, who won 2004 Federation Cup gold representing Indian Railways. (Pics Anil Futane)
Principal Correspondent :
INDIA’S gold medal winning boxer Alfiya Pathan returned to the city to a hero’s welcome on Monday afternoon. The left-handed pugilist from the city won a gold medal in the recently concluded AIBA’s World Youth Championship held in Poland. Alfiya, daughter of Assistant Sub-Inspector at City Police Headquarters Akram Pathan, became the first boxer from Maharashtra to win a gold medal in the competition where 50 countries participated. After landing in New Delhi on Saturday night, Alfiya returned to the city on Monday. She was welcomed by Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari at Nagpur Railway Station. The gold medal winning boxer and her father were congratulated by first person of the city. They were felicitated at the station.
Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari felicitating Alfiya Pathan upon her arrival in the city at Nagpur Railway Station on Monday.
Alfiya’s childhood coach Ganesh Purohit was also present and he too was congratulated for producing a gold medal winning boxer. Sajjad Husain, Vice-President Maharashtra Boxing Association, Porus Kotwal, Secretary, Nagpur District Boxing Association, Dinesh Chappane, Official, Maharashtra Boxing Association, Yogesh Mishra, official Maharashtra Boxing Association, Sanjay Joardar, former national-level boxer, NMC Sports Committee Chairman Pramod Tabhane, Sports Officer Piyush Ambulkar, Nitin Bhole and others were also present. Later, Alfiya was again felicitated at Awasthi Nagar Square by Kartavya Social Foundation. Shailesh Pande, President NCP, West Nagpur and others were also present. Meanwhile, Chairman of Sports Cell of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Pramod Tabhane congratulated Alfiya Pathan.
Alfiya was felicitated at Awasthi Nagar Square by Kartavya Social Foundation.
She has brought laurels not only to the city but to the entire nation, he said. Alfiya has set her eyes on 2024 Olympics. During the lockdown period she trained regularly with her brother and the results are there for everyone to see, Tabhane added. NMC appreciated her effort and promises to help in whatever way she needs. He also praised her coaches for taking efforts in making Alfiya a champion. NMC had also passed a resolution praising her selection in the Poland-bound Indian squad in March.