The Indian Boxing contingent at Tokyo Olympics is stuffed with promise, because the pugilists are anticipated to return house with just a few medals. India’s rise in boxing began on the 2008 Olympic Video games, the place Vijender Singh bagged a Bronze Medal. His feat was adopted by Mary Kom, the primary feminine boxer to win a Bronze medal at London Olympics 2012.
Although the Indian boxing contingent returned empty-handed from the Rio Olympic Video games, it’s anticipated to tug off a robust efficiency this time round. With 9 boxers participating within the Olympics, India could have a historic milestone on the Video games. Satish Kumar Yadav will turn out to be the primary Indian pugilist to qualify for the Tremendous Heavyweight Class (+91 kg). Prior to now through the 1984 Olympics, Kaliq Singh and in 1996 olympics Lakha Singh performed within the heavyweight (91kg) class, respectively however the the india by no means had illustration in Tremendous Heavyweight Class (+91 kg).
Satish Kumar would be the first Indian boxer to participate in +91KG class (tremendous heavyweight) in boxing
Satish Kumar certified for the Tokyo Olympics after defeating the Mongolian boxer, Otgonbayer Daivii within the Asian Boxing Olympic qualifiers final yr. Satish joined the Indian Military as an adolescent, and began skilled boxing on the age of 19. He competed in his first nationwide degree occasion on the age of 21.
He bagged a silver medal on the Senior Nationwide Boxing Championship in 2011, and in addition claimed the Bronze Medal on the Asian Video games in 2014. Nonetheless, his profession took a downward spiral since then, as he suffered a grave damage which dominated him out of the Rio Olympics in 2016.
He made his return to boxing in 2018, when he received a Gold Medal at an Worldwide Grand Prix in Czech Republic. He adopted it up with a Silver Medal on the Indian Open Worldwide Boxing held in New Delhi.
Amongst his prime achievements, he secured a bronze medal on the Asian Championships in 2019, and in addition bagged the silver medal on the Commonwealth Video games in 2018. He enters the Tokyo Olympics with out having performed a single skilled match since March 2020. The 32-year-old needed to miss the Asian Boxing Championships in March this yr, as he had examined constructive for covid-19.
Satish Kumar has an out of doors probability of profitable a medal on the Tokyo Olympics. No matter his end in Tokyo, he has already created historical past by changing into the primary pugilist within the +91 kg class.