End of Drama? Dmitrij Dmitruk To Remain Indian Boxing Team Head Coach


The Boxing Federation of India have accepted the resignation of the high-performance director Bernard Dunne. However, it has come to light that despite the Indian boxers’ poor display at the World Olympic qualifiers, Head Coach Dmitrij Dmitruk will continue in his role.

Dmitrij Dmitruk remains the head coach

It is noted that the decision was taken during the federation’s way forward meeting, which was chaired by the BFI President Ajay Singh and attended by Secretary General Hemanta Kumar Kalita, Treasurer Digvijay Singh, Vice President Rajesh Bhandari and Chairman of BFI’s Disciplinary & Dispute Commission DP Bhatt.

The Bridge had reported that HPD Bernard sent his resignation from Italy and it was decided to relieve him of his duty last week only.

“Bernard Dunne was an integral part of BFI’s set-up but unfortunately we have to mutually part ways. His resignation was accepted by the committee. During his tenure, the Indian boxers have achieved multiple milestones. We express our sincere gratitude for his dedication, hard work, and contributions and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours,” commented BFI President Ajay Singh.

In 2022, the 44-year-old Dunne, a former Irish boxer, assumed the role of high-performance director for Indian boxing. During his leadership, the Indian squad won multiple international medals, including five medals at the 2022 Asian Games, four gold medals at the 2023 Women’s World Championships, and three bronze at the 2023 Men’s World Championships.

Dunne’s collapse was caused by the men’s boxers’ lackluster performance following the World Championships and the contentious choice to substitute evaluation exams for selection trials. The coaching staff will still consist of head coach CA Kuttappa, L Devendro Singh, Torak Kharpran, Khimanand Belwal, DS Yadav, Pranamika Borah, Abhishek Sah, and Poonam Sharma. There will be two new additions: Durga Prasad Gandhamalla and Jai Singh Patil.