India to send four different sets of boxers to competitions in coming weeks, says High Performance Director Santiago Nieva

One Indian boxing team would be leaving for Ireland for a training trip this Sunday, while different sets of boxers will be travelling for competitions in Mongolia, Germany, Russia and Kazakhstan in the coming weeks

PTI May 18, 2018 10:20:29 IST
India to send four different sets of boxers to competitions in coming weeks, says High Performance Director Santiago Nieva

They couldn't make it to the Michael Johnson Centre in USA due to visa hassles but the "setback" didn't come in the way of Indian boxers achieving their training targets at an institute within the country, High Performance Director Santiago Nieva said on Thursday.

Speaking to PTI at the end of a fortnight-long camp at the JSW Sports' Centre of Excellence in Bellary, Karnataka, Nieva said the focus was on strength and conditioning besides some technical aspects and he is satisfied with the results achieved.

India to send four different sets of boxers to competitions in coming weeks says High Performance Director Santiago Nieva

The Indian boxing contingent during the Commonwealth Games. Image courtesy: Twitter @BFI_official

The 19 Indian boxers, including the likes of recent Commonwealth Games gold-medallists Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg), were supposed to train at the famed Michael Johnson Performance Centre in Texas during this period. But denial of visa led to the cancellation of that trip.

"Of course, not being able to go there counts as a setback but we cannot keep dwelling on what didn't work out. I like to move forward and the JSW Performance Centre provided us good facilities and atmosphere to achieve our training targets," Nieva said.

"I am quite satisfied with how we trained in Bellary. The boxing hall was perfect," he added.

The Argentine-born Swede said the boxers will have a busy two months leading up to the August-September Asian Games in Indonesia.

"One team would be leaving for Ireland for a training trip this Sunday, while different sets of boxers would be travelling for competitions in Mongolia, Germany, Russia and Kazakhstan in the coming few weeks," Nieva said.

"The team for Germany would be the one that went to the CWG in Gold Coast last month," he added.

The team that will be heading to Ireland includes Solanki, former CWG silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (75kg) and former Asian youth silver-medallist Ankush Dahiya (60kg) among others.

"The idea is to ensure that all of them get as much exposure as possible. Everything has been planned keeping the Asian Games in mind," he said.

Updated Date:

also read

Anthony Joshua says heavyweight clash against compatriot Tyson Fury 'will happen'
Sports

Anthony Joshua says heavyweight clash against compatriot Tyson Fury 'will happen'

Talks of a unification 'superfight', which went on for months, appeared to be on the brink of ending in an agreement earlier this year only for a United States arbitrator to rule Fury had to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Sports Ministry says athletes, coaches involved in doping cases eligible for National Awards after serving ban
Sports

Sports Ministry says athletes, coaches involved in doping cases eligible for National Awards after serving ban

In a circular issued for this year's honours, which are expected to be announced in the next few days, the ministry said that athletes penalised for doping offences will be eligible at the end of their suspensions but any achievements during the period will not be considered for the awards.

National Boxing Championships: Mohammad Hussamuddin storms into 57kg quarters with 5-0 win
Sports

National Boxing Championships: Mohammad Hussamuddin storms into 57kg quarters with 5-0 win

Defending champion Hussamuddin, who is representing Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), displayed smart and mature boxing and landed plenty of punches to secure a unanimous 5-0 win.