Sportz Point have chosen Telangana girl Nikhat Zareen as the Indian female athlete of the year 2022.
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At the beginning of the year 2022, Nikhat Zareen must have been recognized in the world of boxing, but the reality is that generally, people were not as familiar with her as they are today. But as soon as she won the gold medal in the Boxing World Cup in March, she captured the hearts of Indians. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had to congratulate her for his success.
Nikhat participated in four national and international competitions in 2022 and won gold medals in all. Not only this, but apart from the world of boxing, she also dominated the political corridor and glamour world. Nikhat has been included in the list of successful women of Forbes this year and was honoured with the Arjuna Award.
Earlier, Nikhat made the headlines for challenging established boxer, Mary Kom, only to lose the bout fair and square. With the loss, her chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics also went in vain. Nikhat, later, became the only boxer other than Mary Kom to win the women’s world championship after 16 years. After this, the country’s attitude towards this South Indian girl has changed. Her thunderous victory in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games also shut everyone’s mouth.
It was a success story where a normal middle-class girl from a conservative family defied the routine script and all odds to carve her own space of fame in Indian sport. Nikhat has always insisted on the kind of support she got from her parents, father Mohammed Jameel Ahmed, who was a sales officer in the Gulf before moving back home, and mother Parveen Sultana to keep going. Being the third among four sisters, it was all the more challenging for Nikhat to explore new frontiers.
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Telangana has given many big and international players like Sania Mirza, Mohammad Azharuddin, and PV Sandhu. But this time Telangana’s favourite Nikhat Zareen remains. That is why we, Sportz Point have chosen her as the Female Athlete of the year 2022.