Boxing will play a key role in India ranking among the top 10 countries in the Olympics: Rijiju

NEW DELHI: During an interactive online video session with India's elite boxers, the country's Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju On Sunday he acknowledged the athletes' efforts and said boxing will play a vital role in making India a sports powerhouse and one of the top 10 nations in the medal count at the Olympics.

Rijiju also filled with praise Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and its president Ajay Singh for their efforts to keep boxers engaged in online training sessions despite the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The online video conference was attended by around 140 elite Indian boxers along with coaches and officials.

Indian boxers have already secured a record nine qualifying odds in Tokyo Olympics and we will fight for four more places in the next qualification tournaments.

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Rijiju also reported that the government plans to allow elite athletes to resume their training as soon as possible to keep them ready for future competitions.

I have conversations with my officers. We are planning a way to start operating as soon as possible. First of all, I thought that we should allow players who have qualified for the Olympics to participate in qualifying or major championships. We cannot open all training centers, so we will only allow elite athletes. Youth camps have to wait a while as safety will be the priority, he concluded.

The minister also interacted with boxers to find out their situation during lockdown and training hours.

Whatever we have accomplished today, the credit goes to the coaches, the federation, and the government. It is really impressive and motivating to interact with you, sir (Rijiju). If we continue to receive government support, we will definitely win Olympic medals, World Championship. medals, gold medalist, Asian Games Vikas Krishnan said.