Veteran Shiva Thapa and the bronze medalist of the Tokyo Olympics, Lovlina Borgohain, will lead the Indian men’s and women’s competition respectively at the Asian boxing championship next month. The selection trials for the continental showpiece, scheduled to run from October 30 to November 12 in Amman, Jordan, were held at NIS Patiala from Thursday to Saturday. People like reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen, three-time Asian Championship medalist Amit Panghal and Birmingham Commonwealth Games medalists Rohit Tokas and Sagar Ahlawat skipped the trials.
While Zareen has missed the tournament to get some much-needed rest, Panghal, Tokas and Ahlawat have been nursed with injuries, a source from the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) told PTI.
Thapa is a five-time Asian medalist. His loot includes one gold, two silver and as many bronze medals.
In the latest edition, he took a fifth consecutive medal, a silver, at the prestigious event, making him the most successful Indian male boxer in the tournament’s history.
The only other male boxer to hold five Asian Championship medals is Kazakh legend Vassiliy Levit, an Olympic silver medalist and two-time world bronze medalist.
Two-time Commonwealth Bronze Medalist Md. Hussamuddin (57 kg) is the other prominent name in the men’s team.
Borgohain, will have a point to prove after getting through two disappointing tournaments – the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
The 24-year-old, who returned with a bronze medal in the latest edition, will compete in the 75kg weight class as she prepares for the Paris Olympics, which will not include her 69kg welterweight category.
The women’s team also features world championship bronze medalist Parveen Hooda (63kg) and youth world boxing champion Alfiya Pathan.
The Indian contingent is likely to leave for Amman in mid-October for a 15-day pre-tournament training camp.
Men: Govind Sahani (48kg), Sparsh Kumar (51kg), Sachin (54kg), Md. Hussamuddin (57kg), Etash Khan (60kg), Shiva Thapa (63.5kg), Amit Kumar (67kg), Sachin (71kg), Sumit (75kg), Lakshya C (80kg), Kapil P (86kg), Naveen K (92 kg), Narender (+92 kg).
Women: Monika (48kg), Savita (50kg), Minakshi (52kg), Sakshi (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Simranjit (60kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita Boro (66kg), Pooja (70kg), Lovlina Borgohain (75kg ), Saweety (81kg), Alfiya (+81kg).
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