Road to Rio: Boxer Vikas Krishan through to World Olympic Qualifying quarters
Former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75 kg) became the third Indian boxer to enter the quarters of the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament here and be just one win away from booking a berth in the Rio Games this August.
Baku (Azerbaijan): Former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75 kg) became the third Indian boxer to enter the quarters of the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Baku and be just one win away from booking a berth in the Rio Games this August.
Seeded second in his draw, Vikas out-witted Georgia's Kvachatadze Zaal 3-0 late last night to advance to the last-eight stage where he will take on Korea's Lee Dongyun.
"Vikas dominated all three rounds and did not have to work too hard for this win. The Georgian guy tried his best but Vikas kept his composure and in the end it was easy for him," national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu told PTI.
Vikas, a former World Championships bronze-medallist, joined Manoj Kumar (64 kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81 kg) in the quarterfinals. All three have to make the semis to book an Olympic berth besides being assured of a medal.
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49 kg), seeded fourth, is through to the semifinals but has to be in the summit clash of his weight category to clinch a Rio spot.
After a rest day on Tuesday, Vikas, Manoj and Sumit will compete in their respective quarterfinal bouts on Wednesday. Devendro, on the other hand, will be seen in action on Friday.
Devendro will face Spain's Samuel Heredia, who stunned top seed Dmytro Zamotaev of Ukraine. Zamotaev is a World Championships and European Championships bronze-medallist.
Manoj, a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, will face Tajikistan's Rakhimov Shavkatdzhon. Sumit, on the other hand, will be up against Russia's Petr Khamukov
The tournament has 39 qualifying spots up for grabs — two in the 49 kg category, five each in 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 64 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg and 81 kg, and one each in 91 kg and +91 kg. Over 400 boxers from more than 100 countries are vying for these slots in the final qualifying tournament for amateur boxers.
India have not sent any entry in the 56 kg category as Shiva Thapa has already qualified for the Rio Games during the Asian qualifiers in March.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
The Apex court was hearing the sports ministry's appeal against the High Court order which prohibited the authorities from taking decision on granting recognition to NSFs without its prior nod.
South Africa's Olympics body takes control of cricket in South Africa, asks CSA officials to step down
SASCOC sent letters to CSA, asking the key members of board - the company secretary, the acting CEO, the CFO and the COO - to step down from their posts
The group, made up of 18 boxers and seven other staff members, must now remain in quarantine at the training camp in Laengenfeld in Tirol, DBV director Michael Mueller said.