2014 will always be remembered for the feats that Indian Sportsmen and women achieved. Mary Kom became the first Indian Woman boxer to win a gold at the Asian Games. Yogeshwar Dutt ended India’s 28-year wait for a wrestling gold at the Asian Games. Sushil Kumar was at his best at the Commonwealth Games and Vijender Kumar too won a silver in Glasgow.
But apart from these veterans, 2014 belonged to rising stars – new faces who showed that India’s future in sports is in safe hands. Sports Rediscovered has picked out the top 5 young sports persons of 2014.
5. Sweety Boora
At number 5 is this 22 year old boxer who added another chapter to her Cinderella story in 2014. Sweety Boora hails from a farming family in Hisar, Haryana. She had been making her mark at the National level ever since she was in the junior circuit. Her first gold medal was at the 4th Junior Women National Boxing Championship 2009 in Patna. She won three golds and two silvers at state and national level championships in 2010. Her form kept improving but the boxer was largely unnoticed. In 2014 she won the 1st Monnet Steel Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship in Raipur and secured her spot on India’s squad for the 8th AIBA Women’s World Championship in Jeju, Korea.
Stepping on foreign soil for the first time, Sweety took the boxing ring by storm in her very first bout by beating a significantly taller Maxine Koelemeij from Netherlands. She lost the final but won her opponent’s respect. Sweety will be one of the probables for qualifying to the Rio Olympics.
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