Shortages of international exposure and lack of proper facilities are some of the common problems faced by Indian boxers in recent times. However, there will be no excuses at the Asian Boxing Championships, which offers 66 quotas for the Doha World Championships for the taking.
Indians put up a fantastic performance in the previous Asian Boxing Championships, and finished second with one gold, two silver and a bronze.
Dual Challenge for India in Asian Boxing Championships
The size of the draw in each category will likely determine, whether only the medallists or winners of the box-off make the cut for the World Championships later this year. This is still unclear, according to national coach Sandhu.
On the contrary, qualifying for the quarters of the World Championships was sufficient to earn an Olympic Spot. However, the International Boxing Association decided to block some Olympic quota for its semi-professional league (World Series of Boxing), lowering the total number of Olympic slots on offer at the World Championships.
Doha World Championships is the first qualifying event for next year’s Olympics in Rio.
Hence, the Indian team has to first qualify for the World Championships through the Asian Boxing Championships before thinking about Olympic berths.
Boxers: L Devendro Singh (49kg), Madan Lal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg), Manish Kaushik (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg), Kuldeep Singh (81kg), Manpreet Singh (91kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg).