Mahindra Automotive unveiled as Title Sponsor of IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, Mary Kom and Farhan Akhtar roped in as brand ambassadors

March 13, 2023

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Monday unveiled Indian SUV manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd as the Title Sponsor for the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, with legendary Indian boxer MC Mary Kom and Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar announced as brand ambassadors for the event, scheduled to be held from March 15 to 26, 2023, at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi.

India is hosting the event for the third time.

Ajay Singh, President of the BFI, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Mahindra Automotive as our lead sponsor. BFI and Mahindra share a common vision of women empowerment through sport and I am happy to see them as our partner in this mission. And the presence of Mary Kom and Farhan Akhtar as the brand ambassadors for the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will add immense value to our mission of encouraging women participation in boxing. Mary Kom is a legend of our sport and Farhan Akhtar is a Bollywood icon who has made several inspiring sports movies including one about boxing. The association with these two youth icons will enhance the prestige of this World Championship and help in promoting the sport across the country. The event will also help showcase to the world India’s potential as a host for big global tournaments.

The partnership presents an opportunity for Mahindra to leverage significant synergies, with the XUV300 TGDi and the All-New Thar appointed as the official SUVs of the event. 

Additionally, Mahindra will be hosting contests for customers to enjoy the Championships and “create unforgettable memories”.

Veejay Nakra, President – Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, said:

We are delighted to be associated with the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, which is a significant step towards promoting women’s boxing globally. We acknowledge the tremendous growth in viewership and followers of women’s boxing over the years, which highlights the strength, resilience, and toughness that women embody in the face of challenges. As a company dedicated to promoting diversity and empowering women, we are honored to be associated with this groundbreaking sport and its athletes. Our SUVs, such as the Thar and XUV300 TGDi, symbolize the tenacity and determination that women display, and we are thrilled to be a part of their journey.”

Mary Kom, a bronze medallist at the London Olympics, is the most decorated boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships, having clinched the title six times along with a silver and bronze.

Talking about her association with the event, Mary Kom said:

“India is hosting the World Championships for the third time and it is a special and rare honour. It will underline India’s strength as a sporting nation in front of a global audience. I am delighted to be a part of this tournament and I am certain that this will be a golden page in India’s sporting history.

On the other hand, Farhan Akhtar — a passionate sports lover known for his lead roles in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Toofaan — will engage with the boxers and promote the tournament through his social media handles throughout the event.  

Talking about his association, Akhtar said:

“I am honoured and excited to be a part of such a prestigious event. It is a matter of personal pride that India is hosting the World Boxing Championship for Women. My love for the sport goes back long before I started training for my film, Toofaan, and now to be here celebrating this event is a wonderful feeling. As an avid sport lover, I have followed the journey of our girls, cheered and applauded every time they brought glory to India in this sport! I hope that all of you will watch the exciting bouts and get inspired by these women from around the world. I would also like to give a special mention to BFI who are doing a tremendous job by encouraging and supporting women in the field of boxing. And finally, good luck to all the players participating in this event. Todun taak!

Over 350 boxers from 74 countries have registered so far for the biennial event, which has a reported prize pool of ?20 crore for the very first time.

Anshuman Joshi

Anshuman Joshi is a senior writer at SportsKhabri with special focus towards all things football. His other interests include languages, world history and some good fiction.

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