Two Manipur conflict displaced girls to bout in national boxing championship

Imphal: Two Manipur crisis displaced girls –  Lourembam Anjali Devi, 13, and Chanambam Langlen Chanu, 14, emerge as beacons of light and hope being selected to represent their homeland in the 3rd Sub Junior Boys and Girls National Boxing Championship 2024, to be held in Uttar Pradesh.

Lourembam Anjali Devi hails from the strife-torn locales of Moreh Ward No. 5 at the Indo-Myanmar border in Tengnoupal district, and Chanambam Langlen Chanu hails from Ekou Sadu Koireng in Imphal East.

Guided by pugilist Laishram Sarita and her husband Chongtham Thoiba, who is the administrator of Sarita Regional Boxing Academy.

The academy has become a sanctuary of dreams for many displaced children. Providing free residential boxing training since the eruption of the Manipur violence, the academy embodies the power of sports to heal and unite.

The tale of Anjali Devi and Langlen Chanu is not just about boxing, it’s about fighting back with grace, about standing tall against the waves of adversity.

The girls were seen off by their coach Sarita Laishram and team at Imphal airport on Sunday.

The championship is scheduled to take place from the 18th to the 25th of March 2024 at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida.

Other than the two displaced girls, five other youths from Sarita Regional Boxing Academy (SRBA) and 15 other students from different other boxing academies in the state will participate in this championship.

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