Combat Sportsperson Of The Week: Sumit Sangwan


A young 22 year old pugilist from India has already made waves for the country at the international level. Emerging as one of the candidates for the 2012 London Olympics, Sumit Sangwan is already an experienced Olympian. With the Rio Olympics in sight the youngster would hope to make it his second Olympics and improve from his first round loss during the 2012 Olympics.

Sumit Sangwan

Sumit Sangwan

Success in the early years

Sumit started boxing at his uncle’s academy at the age of eleven and within the next five years he became the national champion. His success kept growing and he found his to the Asian Olympic Qualification in Astana, 2012.

An unknown in the world of boxing even in India, Sumit Sangwan went on to shock the world as he won the gold medal in the 81 kg weight category. This made way for his debut Olympics in 2012.

World Boxing and Commonwealth Games

Sumit lost his opening game at the London Olympics. But he was not happy with the result having lodged a formal complaint and many would agree with him as he seemed to clearly out-perform the Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino.

Having overcome the disappointing debut in London Olympics, Sumit returned to Kazakhstan for the World Boxing Championships in 2013. This time his run got cut-short by the eventual silver medallist and the then world no. 1 Adilbek Nizazymbetov. A year from then in 2014 Commonwealth Games the Indian dealt another loss in the quarter-finals, but this time to the eventual winner of the competition.

Olympic Dream

He struggled in his debut Olympics like many other sportsperson in the world. However, some may say he should have won. But that is not an argument to make anymore.

With less than a year remaining for the Olympics, the focus would be on getting into the Indian contingent and show the world what an amazing fighter he is.

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