The smile on Deepak Hooda’s face widened as he started to flip through the photo gallery on his mobile phone. He stopped as he found the videos of his wife, women’s 81kg boxer Saweety Boora, playing kabaddi.
“Yeh dekho kick maaregi… Ab dekho isko uthake phenkegi… ab bonus maaregi…,” he described as he shuffled between multiple videos of Boora competing at a local tournament in Rohtak.
Boora, according to Hooda, was a natural at kabaddi. She had the speed and flair to go in for raids, and the upper body strength to be a solid defender. But kabaddi was never her calling.
Later that same evening, on November 11, Boora took to the ring at the Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Jordan and came up with a 5:0 triumph over Gulsaya Yerzhan to win gold at the continental event.
“This feels very good,” Boora told Scroll.in over the phone from Jordan. “This was one of my dreams. The first is an Olympic gold, second is World Championship gold. I’ve won silver at the Worlds, but now I want gold.”
It wasn’t long ago that the 29-year-old had given up on the pursuit of those dreams though. She didn’t make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics.
“The dream was shattered and I felt what…