A 12 months after Indian boxers secured a historic 9 quota locations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India’s hopes of sending one boxer in every of the 13 weight classes at Tokyo Olympics this 12 months acquired a jolt when the Boxing Process Drive (BTF) selected Monday night time that the ultimate World Olympic qualifier to be held in Paris, France in June later this 12 months is not going to be held.
Now 53 quota locations (32 women and men quotas) can be allotted throughout Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe, to the very best ranked boxer not but certified per area. India had missed on qualifying within the males’s 51 Kg, 81 Kg and 91 Kg and girls’s 57 Kg class at Jordan final 12 months and with the Indian boxers properly behind in BTF Rankings at current in these classes, India will ship solely the 9 boxers to Tokyo.
Whereas Indian boxer Gaurav Solanki had misplaced out on incomes an Olympic quota within the males’s 57 Kg class at Jordan with a slim loss to eventual gold medallist Uzbekistan’s Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov within the first spherical, Sachin Kumar’s loss in quarter-finals in 81 Kg and Naman Tanwar’s first spherical loss in 91 Kg had additionally meant that the Indian boxing contingent was hopeful of securing a quota in these classes in Paris. Within the girls’s 57 kg class, Sakshi Chaudhary had misplaced within the quarter-finals in 57 Kg class at Jordan.
Maybe the most important sucker punch falls on the lads’s 57 Kg class seeing the presence of 2018 CWG champion Gaurav Solanki, 2019 Asian Championships silver medallist and world championship quarter-finalist Kavinder Bisht, Sunil Siwach and 2017 World Championship bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri.
The ladies’s 57 kg will really feel equally exhausting finished by with the likes of Sonia Chahal other than Sakshi Chaudhary. Solanki and Chahal’s slim losses in Jordan had curtailed their hopes however Nieva was assured of them securing a quota in Paris.
“Clearly, we’re very disillusioned with this improvement as a result of we had been getting ready for the world qualifiers and we had excessive hopes of qualifying extra boxers for the Olympics. However we perceive that these are unprecedented instances and unprecedented choices have to be taken. We had been lucky earlier that we certified 9 boxers from the primary alternative we acquired. I hope there may be nonetheless an opportunity however I don’t wish to speculate as that’s what BTF and IOC will determine within the coming months,” stated Santiago Nieva, Indian boxing’s Excessive Efficiency Director, advised The Indian Express.
Within the assertion issued on Monday, the Boxing Process Drive stated “This ensures a brand new reallocation pathway, which relies on worldwide on-field outcomes recorded over the previous 4 years (2017-2021), together with however not restricted to the BTF Olympic Qualification Occasions. To make sure utmost transparency and integrity of the allocation course of, the BTF rankings had been reviewed by an exterior auditor to make sure that all outcomes have been accounted for precisely and in compliance with the BTF’s rating system,” the assertion learn.
An up to date qualification system for boxing can be printed as quickly as potential following the approval of the IOC govt board.
In 2018, IOC after session with AIBA, the world boxing physique, had rejigged the 10 males’s weight classes and three girls’s weight classes from 2016 Rio Olympics to eight males’s weight classes (52 Kg, 57 Kg, 63 Kg, 69 Kg, 75 Kg, 81 Kg, 91 Kg and 91 + Kg) and 5 girls’s classifications (51 Kg, 57 Kg, 60 Kg, 69 Kg, 75 Kg).
Whereas males’s 57 kg will see a complete of 28 boxers, highest for any class, girls’s 57 kg will see 20 boxers in Tokyo and Nieva believed that had the Indians certified, they might have an opportunity to safe a medal in these two classes.
“Males’s 57 kg has been one of the vital aggressive class in males’s boxing in India and any considered one of Gaurav Solanki, Kavinder Bisht, Mohammad Hussamuddin, Sachin Siwach and Gaurav Bidhuri may have received a medal in Tokyo had they made the minimize. We took Gaurav Solanki, Kavinder and Mohammad Hussamuddin to Europe final 12 months they usually had some good wins there. We had been planning that every one the 5 boxers will get publicity until March earlier than we held the choice trials for the world qualifiers. It was unlucky that we missed on a quota in Jordan and we’re conserving our fingers crossed,” added Nieva.
Within the BTF rankings in males’s 57 kg, Kavinder Bisht is presently ranked 14th with 212.5 factors whereas Erdenebatyn Tsendbaatar of Mongolia is ranked seventh on this planet and is predicted to get the one Olympic quota from Asia in 57 kg. Equally, Sachin Kumar is ranked 21st in 81 Kg with 125 factors with Dilshodbek Ruzmetov of Uzbekistan with 290 factors is predicted to get the quota. Within the 91 Kg, Sanjeet Kumar is ranked 29 th whereas Hyeong Kyu Kim of Korea ranked 16th with 150 factors is predicted to make the minimize for Tokyo.
Within the girls’s BTF rankings, Sonia Chahal is ranked 18th with 155 factors whereas Nesthy Petecio of Phillipines ranked fifth with 425 factors is predicted to get the quota. The final three years have seen Nieva chalking out choice trials forward of every event and it has meant that a lot of the instances, a unique boxer was chosen and earned rating factors in world championships in 2017, 2019 and 2019 Asian Championships, the factors for BTF rankings.
This sadly additionally meant that one specific boxer missed on accumulating all of the rating factors. “It was our technique and coverage to pick out the very best boxer on type and therefore trials had been performed prior to each occasion. It additionally supplied us with having a pool of 3-Four boxers who may win medals on their day it’s good for Indian boxing general. It’s unlucky that the qualification guidelines have modified and we can’t change that. We have now to respect that,” added Nieva.
Whereas the Indian males’s crew had gone to Europe final 12 months, the crew will journey to Spain later this month for preparation and Nieva believes that boxers like Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Vikas Yadav, Ashish Kumar and Satish Yadav have labored on their weak areas within the final six months.
“We had been fortunate to begin coaching in July final 12 months and in addition skilled in Italy and Germany. We have now labored on including extra energy to the punches and bettering physique punches. Mixing physique and head punches is essential to win a medal in Olympics. Amit has labored on making a swift begin within the opening spherical. Someway he acquired extra depending on single punches, wherein he has numerous accuracy and we wish him to depend on mixture of punches too. Manish had suffered an harm in biceps and he has labored on specializing in shut vary. Vikas has acquired an excellent lead hand and has the very best jabs on this planet. We have now labored on his rear hand punches which will be helpful in Olympics,” added Nieva.