India have claimed solely two bronze medals — Vijender Singh in 2008 and MC Mary Kom in 2012 — on the Olympics. However with so many boxers making it to the Video games, there are expectations that the boxers will contribute multiple medal to the general tally.
Although such hype and expectations would lavatory down many, Santiago Nieva, the high-performance director of the Indian workforce, says expectations usually are not a burden on the boxers, who’ve carried out effectively within the final couple of years and due to this fact are assured of their skills.
“We all know there are excessive expectations and we even have excessive expectations. Our boxers have carried out on the highest stage in the previous couple of world championships — in each males’s and ladies’s classes — and we have now received medals within the Olympic weights,” Nieva informed IANS from Assisi, Italy, the place the 9 Tokyo-bound boxers are coaching because the third week of June.
The boxers will go away for Tokyo from Italy in order to keep away from the added journey restrictions imposed on these travelling to Tokyo from India.
ALL EYES ON MARY KOM
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom will probably be main the Indian problem in ladies’s flyweight part (51kg), gunning for her second Olympic medal after the bronze in London 2012.
Mary Kom, who’s at the moment ranked third on the planet rankings, had didn’t qualify for the Rio Olympics. As she is 38, Mary Kom realises that this can in all probability be her final probability to win one other Olympic medal.
Reigning Asian champion Pooja Rani will probably be one other robust contender in ladies’s middleweight (75kg). The 2018 World Championship bronze-medallist Simranjit Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain (welterweight 69kg) are the opposite members of ladies’s squad and each are able to inflicting a couple of upsets and get into medal competition.
Two-time Olympian Vikas Krishan Yadav (males’s welterweight, 69kg), 2019 world silver medalist Amit Panghal (males’s flyweight, 52kg), 2014 Asian Video games bronze medalists Satish Kumar (males’s tremendous heavyweight, +91kg), 2018 Commonwealth Video games runner-up Manish Kaushik (light-weight, 63kg) and Ashish Kumar (middleweight, 75kg) comprise the boys’s workforce.
Nieva, the Sweden-based Argentine who has been in cost since 2017, stated the boxers realise how powerful the competitors on the Olympics will probably be and are braced for the problem.
“The boxers who’ve certified for the Olympics have gone via this course of of inauspicious bouts. So we anticipate medals and we additionally know the way powerful it’s…our aim has all the time been to win medals in each women and men (sections) and that is what we hope and we all know we have now prospects to do much more than that,” added Nieva.
The 9 boxers look in nice type and have contributed a lot to India’s success within the two prime occasions within the build-up to the Olympics.
In Could this yr, India bagged 15 medals (two gold, 5 silver, and eight bronze) within the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships that was held in Dubai.
In December 2020, on the Boxing World Cup in Cologne, India completed with 9 medals, together with three gold.
Among the many 9, Mary Kom, Vikas Krishan and Amit Panghal are the highest contenders for medals of their respective classes.
“We’ve an skilled workforce. They’ve been in necessary competitions. Although the Olympics are a bit totally different, we’re assured and our boxers are prepared for the strain. We are going to take care of it like some other event,” stated Nieva stated.