Pooja Rani, a debutant boxer, enters the quarterfinals with a good performance.

Pooja Rani

Pooja Rani, an Indian boxer, defeated Algeria's Ichrak Chaib in her first bout to advance to the quarterfinal of her first Olympic Games on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Indian dominated a competitor 10 years her junior in the women's middleweight class (75kg), winning 5-0. 

Rani's Olympic career has already been fraught with challenges. Despite getting this far, she had to overcome a career-threatening shoulder injury, a burned hand, and a lack of economic assistance. Her father, a police officer, did not want her to continue boxing because he believed it was a sport for violent people.The two-time Asian champion was in charge with her right fast corners and benefited greatly from Chains lack of balance in the ring. All three rounds were a narrative of Rani's dominance, as Chaib, who was also competing in her first Olympics, couldn't seem to make a clean connection.

"Maar lag jayegi (you will get hurt)," that's what my father said. He insisted that the sport was not meant for me because in his mind, boxing was pursued by aggressive people," she had recalled in an interview to PTI detailing her journey.



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