India’s 9 Olympic-bound boxers will journey overseas for a three-week coaching stint after getting just a few days’ break following a record-shattering medal haul by the nation’s pugilists on the just-concluded Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai. Speaking to PTI, Indian males’s boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva mentioned the boxers will attain Tokyo for the Games, 5 to seven days earlier than the beginning of the occasion from July 23. “We will go abroad for training. The discussions are on and the place will be finalised in the next few days. It will be a three-week camp. We will come back to India to fine tune a few things, and then head to Tokyo five-seven days before the Games,” Nieva mentioned laying down the plan for the approaching days.
The full modalities of the deliberate journey shall be revealed after the venue is finalised. The Indian boxing group has travelled fairly a bit prior to now few months for tournaments and coaching, together with a prolonged journey to Europe.
The coaching at dwelling has been sporadic due to the risk posed by COVID-19. In reality, in April, nationwide coach CA Kuttappa had examined optimistic for COVID-19 forcing him into quarantine for 10 days.
Indian boxers fetched their greatest ever medal haul of 15 on the occasion in Dubai, two greater than their earlier greatest efficiency. The medals clinched this time included two gold, 5 silver and eight bronze medals.
The solely gold-winner among the many Olympic-bound was Pooja Rani (75kg), whereas MC Mary Kom (51kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg) fetched silver medals.
The lone male boxer to fetch a gold was Sanjeet (91kg), who is just not part of the Olympic group. Vikas Krishan (69kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) have been among the many Olympic-bound bronze-medallists.
The others to have made the minimize for Tokyo are Manish Kaushik (63kg), Ashish Chaudhary (75kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg). Of these, Ashish misplaced within the quarterfinals in Dubai and Manish and Satish couldn’t journey attributable to sickness.
“Overall I am satisfied with the performance and I say this not just looking at medal haul. Amit was in terrific form, Vikas was just unlucky to get injured in the semifinals and Ashish also gave a good performance even though he didn’t win a medal,” Nieva mentioned.
“Of course there are small issues to be addressed, more specific to individuals and we will do that in the few weeks remaining before the Games. I can say we are 80 per cent ready, we will sort the remaining 20 per cent,” he added.
The small points that Nieva referred to included shut vary boxing and physique punches.
“There is certainly vast improvement and it will continue before we are absolutely ready for the Games,” he mentioned.
On to particular person performances and Nieva felt Panghal was extremely good all through regardless of lacking out on a second successive gold.
The diminutive Haryana-boxer misplaced an edge-of-the-seat last to outdated foe Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in what was a repeat of the 2019 world championship last, which had additionally resulted in Zoirov’s favour.
The Indian received the 2 of the three rounds however Zoirov had simply the correct mixture of scores from particular person judges to scrape by way of 3-2.
“I think this is at par with his best performances. He was unstoppable and looked really good. We all thought he won that final,” Nieva mentioned.
And then there was Sanjeet (91kg), who upstaged Olympic silver-medallist and match legend Vassiliy Levit within the finals. Kazakhstan’s Levit was trying good for his fourth gold medal on the occasion however was stopped by the tournament-debutant Indian.
“Sanjeet has tremendous positive energy. He has worked hard to get where he is and his improvements are very clear. There were certain weaknesses in his game, especially at close range but he has improved quite a lot,” Nieva mentioned.
India discovered its personal match legend in Shiva Thapa (64kg), who clinched fifth successive medal by ending with a silver. Nieva was all reward for the Assam boxer, who can be a world championship bronze-medallist.
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