Olympic countdown: Indian boxers set to win more medals in Tokyo


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Mumbai| India’s five male and four female boxers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and are all set to win more medals at the Olympics. For India, Vijender Singh won bronze in 2008 Olympics and MC Mary Kom won bronze in 2012 Olympics. This time many boxers are participating in these games and will try to win more than one medal.

Meanwhile, Indian team’s Director of High Performance Satiago Nieva said that the weight of expectations will not fall on the boxers as they have done well in the last few years and are confident in their ability.

Nieva told IANS: “We know the expectations are high and we have high expectations too. Our boxers have performed at a high level in the last few championships and have won medals in both men’s and women’s categories.”

Meanwhile, all eyes will once again be on the six-time world champion Mary Kom who will challenge India in the women’s flyweight 51kg and would look to win a second Olympic medal after the 2012 London Olympics.

Mary Kom, who is ranked third in the world rankings, could not qualify for the Rio Olympics. She is 38 and feels this will be her last chance to win another medal at the Olympics.

Defending Asia champion Pooja Rani is a strong contender for India in the middle weight 78kg. Apart from these, 2018 World Championship bronze medalists Simranjit Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain (welterweight 69kg) are the other women boxers who will be expected to bring medals.

In men’s section Vikas Krishna Yadav (69kg), 2019 World silver medalist Amit Panghal (52kg), 2014 Asia Games bronze medalist Satish Kumar (plus 91kg), 2018 Commonwealth Games runner-up Manish Kaushak (63kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) will present his challenge in the weight category.

All nine boxers are in good form and have performed well in other tournaments before the Tokyo Olympics.

India had won a total of 15 medals, including two gold, five silver and eight bronze, at the ASBC Asia Boxing Championships held in Dubai in May this year.

A few months before this, in the Boxing World Cup in December 2020, India won nine medals with three gold medals.

This is the first time that so many boxers have qualified for India.

–IANS

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