Indian boxers training at the Games Village as a far away Olympic boxing venue
Posted On July 22, 2021
With the Olympic Games boxing venue “quite remote”, Indian boxers decided to train at the facilities available at the Games Village to avoid the strain and risk posed by COVID-19.
The games boxing competition is expected to take place in the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in Sumida Ward, primarily a sumo wrestling venue.
The arena is just over 20 km from Tokyo Bay, where the Games Village is located.
“We decided to only train in the village. We went to the designated Games site on Monday and it’s a long way away. In fact, not just us, several other teams felt the same as well and we all practiced the games. Village Games, ”a source from the Indian boxing contingent told PTI.
“It’s very hot, so the effort of traveling this far just to train didn’t seem worth it. Plus, the fear of COVID is there,” the source added.
“The training facilities at the Village are good, no problem.”
An unprecedented number of nine Indian boxers – five men and four women – are said to take part in the games.
The men in contention are world number one Amit Panghal (52kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Chadhary (75kg) and Satish Kumar (+ 91kg).
The women’s challenge features six-time world champion and London Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).
Of these, only Vikas and Mary Kom have previous experience of competing in games.
The boxing competition kicks off July 24 and Panghal, Vikas and Mary Kom are among the favorites for a medal.
India had not won any boxing medals at the 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro.