Olympics-returned male Indian boxers withdraw from National Championships

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The recently concluded Tokyo Olympic Games saw five male boxers from India representing their country at the grand stage, but none of them are likely to be a part of the upcoming National Boxing Championships.

The five pugilists who were part of the men’s events in Tokyo- Amit Panghal (52kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Chaudhary (75kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg), are also opting out of the subsequent world championships in Serbia next month as well.

Apart from Satish, who made it to the quarterfinals, the rest of the Indian male boxers all suffered first round exits, and as reported by sources close to PTI, they haven’t had time to prepare themselves for the upcoming National Championships, which is scheduled to kick off from 15th September in Bellary, Karnataka.

“They have opted out of the Nationals because they haven’t been able to train well since coming back from Tokyo. One or two might still consider it closer to the tournament but in all likelihood, they wouldn’t compete,” claimed PTI.

Among the five who have withdrawn, Vikas, Ashish and Satish are currently recovering from injuries, while Amit and Manish are expected to opt out of the tournaments due to lack of training time.

Vikas sustained a shoulder injury while Satish is treating an infection he caught from a cut above his eye during the Games while Ashish is recovering from a wrist injury.

“There was severe swelling because of that infection and I have only recently started recovering from it. I have started light training but it wouldn’t be enough for the Nationals,” said Satish.

“The problem is in both my wrists and doctors have recommended rest for the time being,” Ashish added.

Earlier, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) announced only the gold medallists from the national championships to make the cut for the world championships contingent which is scheduled to kick off from 26th October in Belgrade.

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