Indian coaches supervising nationwide camps as Boxing Federation of India but to resolve on appointments of overseas specialists


Nationwide camps for elite boxers began within the first week of this month, however the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is but to succeed in a choice relating to the appointment of overseas specialists. The nationwide camps in each women and men’s classes will conclude March 14.

In line with a senior BFI official, through the digital government board assembly of the BFI held earlier this week, the appointment of overseas coaches for elite women and men’s nationwide squad wasn’t on the agenda. The digital assembly was chaired by BFI president Ajay Singh.

“The BFI members are but to make a last determination on whether or not to nominate overseas specialists to organize elite Indian boxers for the upcoming worldwide competitions, together with the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games,” the BFI official mentioned. “As of now Indian coaches are supervising the nationwide camps.”

The BFI appointed Narendra Rana as chief coach of the boys’s elite boxing workforce whereas Bhaskar Bhatt is the pinnacle of the elite girls’s boxing workforce.

Nevertheless, the BFI is but to resolve whether or not to resume the contract of India’s high-performance director Santiago Nieva from Sweden.

Nieva was introduced in in April 2017 to organize the Indian elite boxing workforce for the Tokyo Olympic Video games. Nevertheless, BFI wasn’t glad together with his efficiency through the 2021 Olympic Video games.

5 Indian boxers certified for the Olympics within the males’s group. However none may earn a podium end on the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Video games held final 12 months.

Total, 9 Indian boxers made the minimize for the Tokyo Video games. Solely Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain received bronze in girls’s 69kg weight class.

Nieva’s contract was prolonged in September 2021 for 3 months till November.

“Since Nieva’s identify hasn’t been advisable by BFI to the sports activities ministry for renewal of his contract, the overseas coach went house in December final 12 months,” mentioned a nationwide coach. “If he will get an approval from the BFI, he’ll come again.”

The elite males’s nationwide teaching camp began on January 3 in Patiala and can proceed till March 14.

Service prime boxers Amit Panghal, Satish Kumar and Manish Kaushik are amongst 63 gamers shortlisted for the boys’s boxing nationwide camp. The gamers are anticipated to affix the camp by this weekend.

In the meantime, a number of the boxers chosen for the boys’s camp have examined constructive for COVID-19 and have been remoted.

The nationwide girls’s camp is being held on the Indira Gandhi Indoor Advanced Sports activities in New Delhi.

Italian boxing professional Raffaele Bergamasco, who was overseeing the elite girls’s boxing camp, give up his job in November final 12 months. He was sad with BFI’s determination to not renew his contract for the 2022 season.

The nationwide camp for the U22 nationwide workforce can also be in progress in Patiala (males) and New Delhi (girls).

The Indian workforce will compete within the Asian U22 Boxing Championship scheduled to be held at Tashkent from January 20


Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee



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