Boxers Amit Panghal, Shiva Thapa claim berths in India’s Commonwealth Games squad

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Boxing World championship medallists, Amit Panghal and Shiva Thapa have been included in the Indian boxing team for the upcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG). They picked up huge wins in the trials, held in Patiala on Thursday to book their place in the squad. While Panghal, the 2019 world championship silver medallist, secured his place in the 51kg division, Thapa grabbed the 63.5kg spot in the trials held at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports.

Amit Panghal and Shiva Thapa included in the squad

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Panghal defeated fellow Services boxer Deepak 4-1 via a split decision. He will be aiming to improve upon his performance from the last CWG edition in Gold Coast, where he won a silver medal.

The 2015 world championship bronze medallist Thapa, who was last week elected as a member of the IBA Athletes Committee. As many as six boxers secured their places in the Indian team and it includes 2018 CWG bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg), Rohit Tokas (67kg), reigning national champion Sumit (75kg), Ashish Kumar (80kg), Sanjeet (92kg) and Sagar (92kg+).

Meanwhile, 2018 CWG silver medallist Manish Kaushik 5-0 to seal his spot at the quadrennial event. In the 57kg category, Hussamuddin prevailed over 2019 Asian Championship silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht 4-1, while Railways’ Rohit clinched a narrow 3-2 win over Aditya Pratap Yadav of UP in the welterweight (67 kg) division.

Sumit, Ashish, Sanjeet and Sagar all dominated their bouts as they won by 5-0 margin. India had finished second in the 2018 edition of the Games, returning with a haul of nine medals, including three golds and as many silvers and bronze.

The women’s trials for the CWG will be held next week.

Men’s Team:

51 kg – Amit Panghal

57 kg – Mohammad Hussamuddin

63.5 kg – Shiva Thapa

67 kg – Rohit Tokas

75 kg – Sumit

80 kg – Ashish Kumar

92 kg – Sanjeet

92+ kg – Sagar

The CWG is set to be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.

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