Jasmine Lamboria started boxing breaking away from family tradition, now she is ready to win a medal for India in Paris

The whole of India will be watching the country’s emerging boxer Jasmine Lamboria in this Olympics. Because she has proved herself to be a better boxer due to her recent performance. Jasmine trained with boys in the initial years because there were no other female boxers. Due to the sports environment at home, Jasmine Lamboria was interested in playing athletics and cricket from the very beginning. When she decided to pursue boxing, her father refused to let her play citing the elders of the house and society as the reason. Jasmine has also become the first female boxer to join the Indian Army.

Jasmine Lamboria was born on August 30, 2001 in Bhiwani, Haryana. Father Jaiveer Lamboria works as a home guard and mother Joginder Kaur is a housewife. Jasmine’s uncles Sandeep and Parvinder, both are boxers. Some relatives also used to wrestle. Bhiwani is also called ‘Little Cuba’, because this city of Haryana has given many boxers to India. Generally, being born in a family of sportspersons and in such a city means that there will be a sports environment. Everyone is encouraged to play sports, but this did not happen with Jasmine Lamboria.

Due to the sports environment at home, Jasmine Lamboria was interested in playing athletics and cricket from the very beginning. When she decided to pursue boxing, her father refused to let her play citing the elders of the house and society as the reason. Her father said, ‘Choose some other sport!’ But Jasmine Lamboria did not agree. So she talked to her uncles. Both of them convinced her father. Then her uncle Sandeep took her out of Bhiwani for training. Now the problem was that no female boxer was found to train with Jasmine Lamboria. So Sandeep brought her back and got her enrolled in Lamboria Boxing Academy. But here too the problem was the same. All the players were boys. Then Jasmine Lamboria started training with the boys.

In an interview, Jasmine Lamboria told that in the first 2-3 years she could hardly stand against boys, but by facing heavy punches, her defense became very strong. Gradually, her attack also became good and in a few days she came on a level playing field. Then she never looked back. Later, Jasmine Lamboria kept winning tournaments one after the other. She had won many domestic championships, but had not played with any big player. This time she was facing Manisha Moun, who won bronze medal in Asian Championship. In this match, Jasmine Lamboria defeated Manisha. This was a victory that no one had predicted. Then in the trials for IBA World Championship in May of the same year, Jasmine Lamboria defeated former World Championship bronze medalist Simranjit Kaur. In a short time, she became famous due to defeating two good players.

Jasmine Lamboria once again defeated Simranjit in the Commonwealth Games qualification. In the early days of the senior level, Jasmine used to play in the 57 kg weight category. She also won many medals in this category. Like silver in Spain and bronze medal in the Asian Boxing Championship held in Dubai. But then she got Covid, due to which she became weak and at the time of recovery her weight became 63 kg. Now she plays in the 60 kg weight category. Jasmine Lamboria has won a bronze medal in the Asian Boxing Championship held in Dubai in the year 2021, a silver medal in the Boxam International Boxing Tournament in the year 2021, a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in the year 2022.

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