Amit Panghal gets the best billing, Mary Kom placed second in the Asian Olympic qualifiers
AMMAN (Jordan): world silver medalist Amit Panghal (52 kg) has received the best turnover in men's competition, while the iconic MC Mary Kom (51 kg) planted second in the women's event of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers for boxing starting Tuesday.
Eight men and five women from India will aim to secure the berths of the Tokyo Olympic Games at the continental event held by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Boxing Team.
While Panghal is the only Indian to be sown, twice world bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg) have been sown second and fourth respectively in the women's competition.
The Indian team arrived in Jordan on Friday last week after a period of training in Assisi, Italy, a country fighting the new outbreak of coronavirus that has claimed more than 3,000 lives worldwide since it was discovered in Wuhan , China.
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Everything is fine here. The team is very lively and we expect good performance, said the high-performance director of Indian boxing. Santiago Nieva He told PTI.
We have worked in some areas to ensure that our opponents do not have a chance, he said.
The tournament has 63 seats available and a boxer will have secured a Tokyo ticket upon reaching the semifinal stage.
In some weight categories, depending on the size of the draw, there could be box-offs among the losing quarterfinals to decide the Olympic berths.
Indian hopes will be led by Panghal and Mary Kom, both proven and consistent artists on the big stage.
Panghal became the first Indian boxer to claim a world silver medal in September last year, while Mary Kom collected an eighth world medal that broke records a month later in the same year.
Expectations will also be high by Borgohain, who has been climbing the ranks with some strong performances, including consecutive world bronze medals. In addition, national champion Simranjit Kaur (60 kg) can be considered among the contestants after defeating veteran Sarita Devi in the tests.
Among men, the silver medalist of the Commonwealth Games Manish Kaushik (63 kg) is a strong contender to reserve a place in Tokyo along with Panghal.
Not forgetting, the gold medalist of the Commonwealth Games, Vikas Krishan, who will compete in the 69 kg category. Krishan had won a gold at the South Asian Games last December, his first amateur competition after a season in the professional circuit that was interrupted by an injury.
The squadrons of India:
Mens: Amit Panghal (52kg), Gaurav Solanki (57 kg), Manish Kaushik (63 kg), Vikas Krishan (69 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg), Sachin Kumar (81 kg), Naman Tanwar (91 kg), Satish Kumar (+ 91 kg).
Woman: MC Mary Kom (51kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (57kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg).