New Delhi, 17 March 2018: A 12-member strong contingent of Indian boxers was given a warm sendoff for the Commonwealth Games here on Saturday evening, with BFI President Ajay Singh, Director General of SAI Neelam Kapoor, Indian Olympic Association (IOA)Treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey, and Commander Rajgopal, Consultant, TOPS expressing confidence of a rich medal haul.
“We have carried out a rigorous screening process and have picked only those boxers who have done brilliantly at the national and international levels over the last few months and stand a chance of winning medals at the Games,” Ajay Singh, the Boxing Federation of India President said. “I am positive that they will underline their class and make the podium,” he added.
The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast begins on April 4, giving the team enough time to acclimatise to the local conditions.
Leading India’s charge in the women’s division will be five-time World Champion and Olympic medalist MC Mary Kom (48kg), 2006 World Champion L Sarita Devi (60kg), giant-killing Pinky Rani (51kg) and the young and talented Lovlina Boroghain (69kg); Manoj Kumar (69kg) and Vikas Krishnan (75kg ) will spearhead the men’s challenge.
Then, there are the likes of Manish Kaushik (60kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), Naman Talwar (91kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg), Hussam Mohammed (56kg) and Amit Phangal who will be making their debut in the August championship at the famous Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast.
Indian boxers have done well in the Commonwealth Games and Manoj Kumar is confident of winning a pocketful of medals this time too.
“We have worked very hard over the last six months, which included precision training. A series of exposure trips have also helped us to prepare the right way which has also boosted our confidence,” Manoj confidently declared.
The women’s categories were introduced only in 2014 and India promptly won a Silver and a Bronze medal apiece. Senior pro-Sarita Devi feels India will do a lot better in the Gold Coast Games.
“We have a fine bunch of young girls who are brimming with confidence. I think we will be able to change the colour of the medal to yellow and also increase the tally this year,” the experienced Sarita Devi said during the sendoff ceremony.
Mary Kom was unable to be present at the send-off ceremony but vibrated the same confidence while she promised to give her best. India had amassed 7 medals (3 gold and 4 Bronze) in the 2010 edition of the Games and 5 medals in the last edition in 2014.
TEAM LIST: Women’s
45-48kg: MC Mary Kom
51kg: Pinki Rani
60kg: Laisharam Devi
69kg: Lovlina Boroghain
Foreign Coach: Raffaele Bargamasco
46-49kg: Amit Phangal
52kg: Gaurav Solanki
56kg: Hussam Mohammed
60kg: Manish Kaushik
69kg: Manoj Kumar
75kg: Vikas Krishnan
91kg: Naman Tanwar
+91kg: Satish Kumar
Foreign Coach: Santiago Nieva
About Boxing Federation of India (BFI): The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is recognised by AIBA and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GOI) as the nodal body responsible for the development and promotion of Olympic-style boxing in India. BFI has hosted seven national tournaments and one major International tournament in last one year, attracting over 300 national and close to 100 international boxers in each of the championships. It has hosted the AIBA 1-star course R&J certification course and seminar as well as the AIBA Cutman courses. BFI, in association with AIBA and SAI, is also setting up a world-class boxing academy at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. It also plans to start 8 satellite academies across the country. BFI has also organised successfully the AIBA World Youth (Women) Boxing Championship for the first time in November 2017 and is set to host the prestigious AIBA Women’s World Championship in 2018 and the AIBA Men’s World Championship in 2021. BFI backed India Tiger’s team is also participating in the AIBA World Super Boxing League for the first time. India is soon to host the home leg for the WSB in India for the very first time.
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