World Boxing Championships: Shiva Thapa bows out of tournament without stepping into ring
In a big blow to India, defending bronze-medallist and fifth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) was today forced out of the 19th World Championships owing to food poisoning and high fever.
Hamburg: In a big blow to India, defending bronze-medallist and fifth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) was today forced out of the 19th World Championships owing to food poisoning and high fever.
Thapa, three-time Asian Championships medallist, was to take on Georgia's Otar Eranosyan in his second-round contest after getting an opening round bye.
"He was throwing up all night yesterday and this morning, he was running high fever. He couldn't have fought, his body was not holding up. We tried to do everything but he was very weak," an Indian team official told PTI.
Thapa could not turn up at the arena due to high fever.
The Assam-boxer, a two-time Olympian, was among the best medal hopes for India and had been in good form coming into the tournament.
He had won a silver medal at the Asian meet, his third successive medal at the continental championships, followed by a gold medal at an invitational tournament in Czech Republic.
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.
The Assam boxer showed great footwork and used all his experience to put pressure on his RSPB opponent with precise punches.
All the gold medal winners of the National Championships will represent India at the World Championships scheduled in Belgrade, Serbia from 24 October to 6 November.