A crucial test for the preparation of boxers with the Olympic Games, the Asian Championship starts here on Monday, with India already confident on the podiums after seven women boxers entered the semifinals due to the small size of their respective draws.
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51 kg), placed at the top of her category, defending champion Pooja Rani (75 kg), Anupama (+ 81 kg), Saweety (81 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64 kg) and Monika (48 kg) made the last four stages when draws were revealed on Sunday.
The total participation of women in this edition is 47 boxers in 10 weight categories.
A total of 19 Indian boxers – nine men and 10 women – will be vying for the highest honors, which will also come with an unprecedented cash prize bonus this time.
A total of 27 countries were expected to participate, but that shrank to 17 on Sunday due to travel restrictions imposed by COVID. Heavy burdens such as Uzbekistan, the Philippines and Kazakhstan are among the disputed.
A total of six Indian boxers, including champion defender Amit Pangal (52kg), won the first round of the quarterfinals.
The boxers arrived here on Saturday after several stormy hours, which included a delayed landing and some confusion about the approval documents. In addition, the team had to withdraw the gold medalist from the South Asian Games
The name of Vinod Tanwar (49 kg) after he passed a positive test for COVID-19.
The accumulation and the subsequent trip seemed symbolic of the training of Indian boxers this year with COVID-19, which interrupted training several times.
“This will give us a good sign of where we are before the Olympics and where we need to adapt. It would be good for us that way,” Santiago Nieva, director of Indian boxing for high performance, told PTI.
India presented its best performance at the 2019 Asian Championships in Thailand, winning 13 medals, including two gold, four silver and seven bronze. And this time the expectations are high.
“We always come to win. We know it will be a very tough competition with many nations with Olympic qualified boxers and many World Cup medal winners. But we are confident that our team will bring home good results,” Nieva added. with confidence.
From the Olympic qualifying group, defensive champion Amit Pangal (52kg), the winner of the last edition Ashish Kumar (75kg) and former medalist Vikas Krishan (69kg) will be leading the men’s challenge.
Among women, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom, who has won five gold medals in the competition in the past, along with Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and defending champion Pooja Rani (75kg) will be strong bets on medals. All four have left for the Tokyo Games.
Also closely watched will be four-time medalist Shiva Tapa (64 kg), watching the fifth consecutive final on the podium.
He has claimed one gold (2013), one silver (2017) and two bronze medals (2015 and 2019) in his four previous appearances on the show.
This time, too, the International Boxing Association announced a $ 400,000 prize pool for the event.
The tournament, which was originally planned in India but was moved to Dubai due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will reward $ 10,000 for gold winners.
The prize money for the silver medalist is $ 5,000, and for the two bronze medalists it is $ 2,500 each.
Men’s: Amit Pangal (52kg), Mohammad Husamudin (56kg), Warinder Singh (60kg), Shiva Tapa (64kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) , Sanjit (91 kg) and Narender (+ 91 kg).
Women: Monica (48 kg), MC Mary Kom (51 kg), Sakshi (54 kg), Jasmine (57 kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60 kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg), Puja Rani (75 kg), Saweety (81 kg))) and Anupama (+ 81 kg).