With every knockout blow in the boxing ring, the younger pugilist ladies from Chakar village are knocking out the gender stereotypes and prejudices. Though the patriarchal tradition enjoins women to be submissive, yielding and graceful, those young boxers are busy cultivating the traits of durability, braveness, staying power and steely clear up.
Following a rigorous routine, these women often train on the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy at Chakar village. Their day begins at 6.30 am, with hours of in-depth exercise inside the morning and inside the evening.
“Workouts, fitness center schooling, circuit education, sparring — all are a part of our education classes,” says Kirandeep Kaur, who began education for boxing six years ago. Arshpreet, who’s a Class VII student, commenced her knowledge while she changed into in Class IV.
The adventure of the young boxers from shy, unsure ladies to centered players and assured girls is almost parallel to that of Chakar. From a village recognized for all the wrong motives, together with land-related fights and petty squabbles, Chakar has converted itself right into a town that unearths a pride of location at the countrywide or even international map, way to the achievements of the gamers from the town.
“At least 4 women players from the village have bagged positions in worldwide championships. Simranjeet Kaur received the bronze medal inside the World Boxing Championship held at Delhi in 2018. Mandeep Kaur bagged gold in Junior World Boxing Championship held in China in 2015. In 2016, she became declared the ‘Best Boxer’ of Asia inside the junior class. Our boxers Harpreet Kaur and Shivinder Kaur have participated efficiently in international competitions,” says boxing educate Khushdeepak Kumar, with a tinge of rightful satisfaction.
The girls from this village deliver the credit for “reworking” their lives to the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy installed in 2006 via NRI brothers Ajmer Singh Sidhu and Baldev Singh Sidhu, he provides.
Training for boxing has been a “life-changing revel in” for the ladies of Chakar. “I now experience assured sufficient to handle the conditions that could in advance make me anxious and anxious. My circle of relatives to is comfortable about my going out on my own,” says Kirandeep Kaur.
An entire world of possibilities has opened up for the women who were hitherto restrained within the village boundary, in step with Mandeep, who has traveled overseas for sports competitions. She signs off with Muhammad Ali’s quote: “He who isn’t always courageous to take threat will accomplish nothing in existence!”