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Olympic Qualifiers: Vikas Yadav makes it to Indian team, to compete in this new category

2010 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist boxer Vikas Krishnan Yadav has made it to the Indian Boxing team that will participate in the Olympic qualifiers from 3 February to 14 February 2020 in Wuhan, China.

In the trial finals held on Sunday, Yadav beat national medallist Duryodhan Singh Negi in a unanimous decision. The 26-year-old stepped down in the 69kg division after his back injury while he was fighting Pro. Ashish Kumar (75 kg) and veteran Satish Kumar (91+ kg) also made the Indian boxing squad.

Ashish defeated current national champion and South Asian Games gold medallist Ankit Khatana. Veteran Commonwealth and Asian Games medalist Satish, defeated Narender in a split decision to seal his spot for China.

Commonwealth Games medallists Gaurav Solanki (57 kg) and Naman Tanwar (91 kg) won against Mohammed Hussamuddin and Naveen Kumar. BFI conducted the trials on Sunday in Bellary Karnataka.

Satish Kumar, a Commonwealth and Asian Games medallist, booked his berth after a split verdict win over Narender in the 81 kg category. Sachin Kumar claimed the 81+ kg spot with a victory over Brijesh Yadav.

Earlier on Saturday, Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) had already secured their place in the team after winning medals at the world championships in September.  Panghal claimed a silver, Kaushik brought home a bronze, fulfilling the criteria for selection set by the BFI.

Indian squad for Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers

Amit Panghal (52 kg), Gaurav Solanki (57 kg), Manish Kaushik (63 kg), Vikas Krishan (69 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg), Sachin Kumar (81kg), Naman Tanwar (91 kg), Satish Kumar (+91 kg).

MC Mary Kom beat Nikhat Zareen on Saturday in the 51-kg weight category. The final was played at the Women’s Boxing Olympic trail at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Delhi. Sakshi Chaudhary (57-kg), Simranjit Chakar (60 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) and Pooja Rani also made the team. 

Manan Dharamshi
I usually describe myself with three 'F's, i.e, Food, Football and Films. Born and Brought up in Bangalore since the mid-1990s, I have always had a huge interest in playing football, cricket and watching other sports. People who know me always tell I bleed football. Sports, and Football, in particular, has helped me through hard times and helped me to shape my view on the world. And that is one of the reasons why I want to serve as a Sports Journalist.

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