The Indian boxing team has been authorized to participate in the Asian championships starting in Dubai. Participation was previously dubious due to the travel ban imposed on India due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The Asian gathering was originally scheduled in Delhi, but was moved to Dubai due to the terrible pandemic in India. India is designated a co-host of the tournament.
The High Performance Director of the Indian team, Santiago Nieva, said: “This tournament is very important to our preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. We have been in Patiala for a while and the boxers need some motivation ”.
Nieva also added that according to the plan, it will be the last tournament for Indian boxers before the Tokyo Olympics. Countries like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are sending their full squad and will have boxers who have qualified for the Olympics. It will be a dress rehearsal competition for the athletes before the Tokyo Olympics. The Indians are expected to arrive in Dubai on May 22 and will be issued visas upon arrival.
Ajay Singh, President of Boxing Federation of India He also took time to thank the government of the United Arab Emirates, the Indian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Pavan Kapoor, and the president of the Asian Boxing Confederation, Anas Alotaiba, for their assistance in the team’s trip to Dubai
The Indian squad is made up of 20 boxers, ten men and ten women. Among the five boxers bound for Tokyo will compete defending champions Amit Panghal (52kg), Vikash Krishan (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg). Manish Kaushik (63 kg) and Satish Kumar (+ 91 kg) will not travel. After you have tested positive for COVID, full recovery will take a while. Shiva Thapa has replaced Kaushik on the team. The four Olympic boxers, MC Mary Kom (51 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg) are fit and part of the team. This group of boxers will be looking to put on good performances in Dubai to prepare for the mega event in Tokyo.