The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) announced the men’s and women’s boxing squad for the upcoming 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Boxing Squad for Asian Games – Men’s Team
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Driving force behind the men’s team will be Arjuna awardee Vikas Krishan (75 kg) who has previously won a gold and bronze at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games respectively and 2010 CWG Gold and 2018 Bronze medallist, Manoj Kumar (69Kg).
Commonwealth gold medalist Gaurav Solanki (52 Kg), who has stayed atop the national rankings and recently won the gold medal at the Chemistry Cup also made the cut and will look to emulate his CWG run at the Asian Games too.
Bronze medallist from the CWG – Mohammad Hussamuddin (56 kg) and Silver medallist, Amit (49 kg) have also been named in the squad and will hope to shine on their debut at the continental event.
Providing much-needed depth to the squad will be World Championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa, who will make his return to the squad after missing out on the Commonwealth Games.
In the second men’s trial of the day, finalising the 64 kg weight category the selection bout took place between Rohit Tokas and Dheeraj, 2018 bronze Chemistry Cup bronze medalist.
While both the pugilist had a close fight, Dheeraj, the Army boxer upped the steam in the third round to take the match and ensured his place in the final squad.
Section Process of the Boxing Squad
“Selection committee went through a rigorous selection process which was transparent and all boxers were given opportunities to perform. The squad has been finalised after minute deliberation of the performances each of the boxers showed and based on the criteria set for the selection process. I am confident that the squad which is a mix of experience and youth is the best possible we could have sent. I wish them all the best,” BFI president Ajay Singh said.
In order to keep the selection process transparent, BFI had taken into account performances of all the pugilists from January 2018 with the CWG holding the utmost importance along with performances in the series of international exposure trips that were conducted in the last month alone for the men and women boxers.
Along with their international performances, the selection committee also accounted their performance in camp, physical status and injury history while finalising the final names.
Indian boxing which is going through its best ever phase would definitely want to better their 2014 medal count, where they had returned with five medals including a gold medal in women’s category.
Boxing Squad for Asian Games – Women’s Team
The women’s team will feature three weight categories where 2016 World Championship silver medalist Sonia Lather will fight it out in the 57kg. While Umakhanov Memorial tournament bronze medallist, Pavitra will lead India’s charge in the 60kg event.
In the 51 kg category, Sarjubala Devi defeated Pinki Rani in the selection trial to take the final spot in the squad. Both the boxers had earned equal points and share of wins in the last two months and the trial was organised to finalize the last name in the squad.
Sarjubala Devi dominated in the trial match and won with rather ease to log in her name on the Asian Games roster.
Men: Amit Panghal (49kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), Shiva Thapa (60kg), Dheeraj Rangi (64kg), Manoj Kumar (69kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg).
Women: Sarjubala Devi (51kg), Sonia Lather (57kg), Pavitra (60kg).
The boxing event will commence on August 24 and will run up till September 01.
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