You have to keep working hard for the Tokyo Olympics: Amit Panghal

NEW DELHI: Ace Indian boxer Amit Panghal , which has been ranked number one by Boxing Task Force of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ahead of the next month Olympic Qualifiers, insists that he will have to keep putting in the hard yards to remain on course for a medal in the Tokyo games .

Panghal, who won the historic silver medal at the World Championships in the 52-kg weight category, is at the top spot with 420 points, according to the list released by the IOC's Boxing Task Force , which is in charge of administering the sport right now.

I am very happy to reach the number one rank for the qualifiers. This will motivate me even more to perform in future competitions, Panghal told IANS.

I have to keep my confidence in my game and keep working hard and, after following a good training method, I hope to produce good results for my country, he added.

The 24-year-old is the first boxer in the last 10 years to reach the first place in the world. Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh In 2009 he had reached the number one spot after winning the bronze in the 75 kg weight class at the World Championship held in Milan.

Last year, Panghal had said that at least two gold medals can be expected from Indian boxers in the Tokyo Olympics Games.

"We will go into the Tokyo Olympics s with an aim to win at least two gold medals. We can win more but at least two gold medals can be expected from Indian boxers at the Tokyo Olympics s," Panghal had said earlier.

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