New Delhi: There was a film dialogue that when the hand of two and a half kilos falls on someone, the man does not get up. This was a film dialogue, but in reality, the punch of our Indian boxers is also so strong that the opponent gets tired of eating all four. This time with boxing in the Olympics, the whole country hopes that our boxers will fill the country’s bag with medals with the help of their punches.
Team events at the Tokyo Olympic Games have started from July 21. The official inauguration is to take place on 23 July. More than 11 thousand athletes from 205 countries of the world are competing for 339 gold medals. 9 boxers from India have qualified for the Olympics. The matches are to start from July 24.
Indian boxers have a target of 13 gold in the Tokyo Olympics because this time 8 gold medals are at stake in the men’s category and 5 gold medals in the women’s category. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, 13 gold medals were at stake in boxing. 10 in male category and 3 in female category,
This time in the Olympics, a total of 9 Indian boxers are going to show their punch in the boxing ring, from India’s side, Mary Kom (51 kg weight category), Lovlina Borgehan (69 kg weight category), Pooja Rani (75 kg weight category), Simranjit Kaur (60 kg). kg weight category) will represent the country in the women’s section.
In the men’s category, Vikas Krishan (69 kg weight category), Ashish Kumar (75 kg weight category), Satish Kumar (91 kg weight category), Amit Panghal (52 kg weight category), Manish Kaushik (63 kg weight category) will represent the country. Mary Kom and Panghal are being seen as big contenders for the medal from India.
This time the country has the highest expectation from Mary Kom in the Olympics, she is one of the most favorite boxers from India in the boxing match. This is the last Olympics of 38-year-old Mary Kom. The London 2012 bronze medalist could not qualify for Rio 2016. Mary Kom returned to the ring after a year at the Boxam tournament held in Spain this year, where she won a bronze medal.
He then won a silver medal at the Asian Championships in Dubai in May. Mary Kom would like to convert the bronze medal she won in 2012 into gold this time. The six-time world champion will face Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu and previous world champion Lilia Atbayeva of Russia. India is no less in women’s boxing, with 9 gold, eight silver and 19 bronze medals, India is the third most successful country in the women’s boxing championship after Russia and China.
World No. 1 boxer in flyweight (52kg) Amit Panghal is the country’s biggest hope in the men’s category. He will be his biggest rival in the boxing ring. Shakhobidin Zoirov, world number two boxer from Uzbekistan, last saw an exciting encounter between the two at the Asian Meet in Dubai, where Shakhobidin took 3:2 to his name.
But Amit Panghal becoming the number one boxer in the world in the recent past gives him more confidence to perform better in the Olympics. Along with this, Amit has won a silver medal in the World Championships along with winning the gold in the Asian Games. Amit Panghal has defeated France’s Bilal Benama and China’s Hu Jian Guan once each among the top five boxers in the current world rankings.
This is the first Olympics for two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani and she wants to make her first tournament memorable. The spirited Pooja is confident of her punch. Pooja says that she sees herself climbing the podium. Pooja is a strong-willed boxer, it is known only by becoming a boxer without the consent of her family members.
His confidence has increased by winning gold in the Asian Championships. The country has high hopes from Pooja Rani in the middleweight, 75kg weight category, Pooja won her last title in Dubai in May this year, while in March won the silver medal in boxum.
Apart from MC Mary Kom, Amit Panghal and Pooja Rani, Vikas Krishan, Manish Kaushik, Ashish Kumar, Satish Kumar, Simranjit Kaur and Lovlina are also strong contenders for the medal. All of them have spread their shine at the international level.
Vikas Krishna has won gold in Commonwealth. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, he had reached the quarter-finals. So this time he will try hard to make up for the shortfall of last time.
Manish and Simranjeet are the bronze medalists of the World Championships. All Indian boxers are ready to rain their bribes in the Olympics, the only aim is to put as many medals as possible in India’s bag.
This time Indian boxers have taken training from Italy to make their punch more powerful for the Olympics. All the championships were canceled due to the Corona epidemic. Due to which the preparations of boxers like other sports were also affected. Therefore, Indian boxers were sent to Italy on 15 June to train with European boxers.
Indian boxers have participated in the Olympic Games 14 times so far. For the first time in 1948, 7 Indian boxers participated in the Olympics. In 2012, the maximum 8 boxers from India had landed in the Olympics, but in Olympic boxing, India has won only 2 medals so far. In one female and one male category..
Vijender Singh won the bronze medal 13 years ago in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This was the first medal in boxing for India. At the same time, MC Mary Kom also made the country proud by winning the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics 9 years ago. But in 2016 Indian boxers could not win any medal. There is also a regret that till now Indian players have not been able to win both silver and gold in this game, but this time it is expected that the dream of gold will also come true.
The boxing fight is taking place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, a sumo wrestling venue. But it is far away in Khelgaon, it is summer too. To avoid fatigue in commuting and to make full use of time, players are practicing in the sports village itself.
The facilities for practice in the sports village are good, so the players do not face any problem here. The team’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva says that Indian boxers have improved their game tremendously, they have the power to beat boxers of any level in the Olympics.
The whole country is eagerly waiting when these boxers of ours will create panic all over the world with their punches and will hoist India’s reign in boxing.
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