New Delhi: Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom and Asian Games gold-medallist Amit Panghal are among the top names missing from the list of boxers finalised for the 13-day national camps for men and women that will get underway at separate locations from December 11.
In fact, none of the five male boxers who competed in the Tokyo Olympics, including Manish Kaushik, Ashish Chaudhary, Vikas Krishan and Satish Kumar, have made the list of 52 men who will train from December 11 to 24 at Patiala’s National Institute of Sports (NIS). Of these, Vikas is currently nursing a shoulder injury, which required surgery. The women’s camp will be held at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre in Rohtak on the exact same dates.
“It’s because they did not compete in the national championships. It was pre-decided that this camp will only be for national medal winners and the ones who were picked after a trial at the end of Nationals,” a top federation said. “It does not apply to camps that will be held later and nobody should get too concerned about missing out here. All those who are not there right now will have a chance to be back in the camps that will be held later,” he added.
The women’s world championship, to be held in Istanbul, was pushed from December this year to March by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is set to be further delayed to May next year.
The national women’s camp will feature 49 boxers, including the likes of Tokyo Olympics bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (70kg), former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (52kg), and Asian champion Pooja Rani (81kg) among others.
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