While Alfiya’s childhood coach Ganesh Purohit was the primary to welcome the world youth girls’s champion within the 81+kg class, mayor Tiwari felicitated her exterior the railway station as members of Nagpur District Boxing Association congratulated the proficient boxer.
Since October 25 final yr, when Alfiya left her Awasthi Nagar residence for the nationwide camp on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre at Rohtak, Haryana, the 2019 Asian junior boxing champion had not had home cooked meals. On reaching home, 184 days after leaving, the very first thing Alfiya did was to have her favorite ‘baingan ka bharta’ and ‘mother-cooked meals’.
“I missed homemade food during my stay at Rohtak, Montenegro and in Poland. This was my longest duration away from home. Due to Covid restrictions I avoided the mandatory quarantine period of coming home and resuming training. If I had visited home then I would have missed crucial days of practice before I resumed my training, so I avoided these things,” Alfiya mentioned.
“Earlier, I have been away from home for a maximum of two months. This time, however, the situation was different and to realize my dream of winning a world championship gold, I couldn’t afford to miss a single day of training,” she mentioned.
While Alfiya was away from home for nearly half the yr, she needed to endure over-a-dozen RTPCR Covid assessments wherever she went. “Training, testing and trials were a part of my life during these six months. In addition, I had to maintain my weight so whatever food, sometimes bland, was available I had to consume. I am happy with all the care that was taken by the Boxing Federation of India,” Alfiya advised TOI.
In Poland, Alfiya defeated Moldova’s Kozorez Daria to clinch her maiden world gold medal however the hardest check she confronted was her semifinal bout. “I was relatively confident of winning the gold as I had beaten Daria in the Montenegro final recently. I was a bit worried after trailing in the semifinal against Poland’s Toborek Oliwia, which I managed to win 3-2. Though I missed the hooting of supporters due to the empty arena, it helped me get clear instructions from the coaches in the corner and I was able to correct my mistakes on time and realized my dream.”
With the Indian contingent on the AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship, Alfiya reached New Delhi on Saturday and went to Rohtak to gather her remaining baggage. Alfiya’s father Akram Pathan, who works as Assistant Sub-Inspector at Nagpur Police Headquarters met his proud daughter at Rohtak and on Sunday each father-daughter duo booked the prepare from Delhi to return home.
Akram mentioned, “I am very happy to see my daughter-cum-friend. We will spend some quality time at home. Due to the ongoing pandemic, there won’t be any celebrations. But reuniting with Alfiya itself is a celebration for all of us.”
Alfiya’s childhood associates burst crackers on her arrival at their Awasthi Nagar residence. Those who had been current to greet Alfiya included Porus Kotwal, Rakesh Tiwari, and NMC sports activities officer Piyush Ambulkar amongst others.