Just a few months ago in April Indian Boxing team was coming off of their very best performance at the Commonwealth Games which took place in Gold Coast, Australia. Indian Boxing contingent came home with 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals and all looked good for Indian Boxing.
Fast forward a few months to present day 30th August, India has managed to match the 2014 haul with two semifinalists. And it might get better if the seasoned Vikas Krishan (75kg) and in-form debutant Amit Panghal (49kg) make the finals tomorrow. Although there were few fights, where Indian Boxers were mistreated by the judges and were robbed of their medal chance, it was still overall a disappointing tournament for India.
Despite India’s poor performance at the Asian Games, High-performance director is slightly disappointed but not ruled out any drastic repercussions.
Speaking to PTI, India’s high-performance director Santiago Nieva said:
“Obviously, we wanted more, two medals is less than what we had targetted. But I would like to believe it is just one blip. We have equaled the last time’s performance in terms of number of medals and hopefully, a better color would be coming along to make the overall show better”
Speaking of India’s two semifinalists, Nieva said, “Amit has of course been outstanding so far and Vikas can still take it a notch higher. He is capable of more.”
“It is definitely disappointing to not win a medal but I am sure they will bounce back in the world championships in two months’ time. Bad results should be taken in stride and we should look to rebuild things after that.”
Although our Boxers have improved under the new coach, there’s still a lot of work needed to be done for our boxers to be able to medal at the Olympics and World Championships.