World Boxing Championships 2019: Medal-winning show assures Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik of place in next year's Olympics Qualifiers

Panghal and Kaushik have entered the semi-finals of the ongoing World Boxing Championships, making it the first time when India have more than one boxer left in the fray for the medal rounds of the marquee event.

Press Trust of India September 19, 2019 14:12:48 IST
World Boxing Championships 2019: Medal-winning show assures Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik of place in next year's Olympics Qualifiers
  • Panghal and Kaushik have entered the semi-finals here, making it the first time when India have more than one boxer left in the fray for the medal rounds of the marquee event.

  • The Boxing Federation of India had made it clear that boxers who win medals at the Worlds will be automatic picks for the Olympic qualifiers scheduled in February in China.

  • The 23-year-old Panghal and the 25-year-old Kaushik will be gunning for their maiden Olympic spots next year.

Ekaterinburg (Russia): Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) have made the Indian boxing squad for next year's Olympic Qualifiers owing to their medal-winning show at the ongoing world championships.

Panghal and Kaushik have entered the semi-finals here, making it the first time when India have more than one boxer left in the fray for the medal rounds of the marquee event.

World Boxing Championships 2019 Medalwinning show assures Amit Panghal Manish Kaushik of place in next years Olympics Qualifiers

Amit Panghal (left) and Manish Kaushik will play their semi-final bouts on Friday.

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) had made it clear that boxers who win medals at the world championships will be automatic picks for the Olympic qualifiers scheduled in February in China.

"Yes, Amit and Manish will be going to the qualifiers. There will not be any trials in their weight categories now," Indian Boxing's High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.

The rest of the squad will be picked on the basis of camp performance, points accumulated at international events and in some cases, trials.

While Panghal will face Kazakhstan's Saken Bibossinov in the last-four stage, Kaushik will be up against top-seeded Cuban Andy Gomez Cruz in his semi-final clash.

The 23-year-old Panghal and the 25-year-old Kaushik will be gunning for their maiden Olympic spots next year.

Both rose to prominence after the 2016 Rio Games, where India drew a blank in boxing.

While Panghal has gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games as well as this year's Asian Championships apart from the now assured world medal, Kaushik won a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Kaushik is also a former national champion.

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