Indian women boxers MC Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), along with others have been called for an elite women’s national camp, which is set to begin at the Army Sports Institute in Pune as part of the preparations for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics games. The decision regards to begin the boxing camp in Pune, instead of the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi was due to the spike in the COVID-19 cases. The camp will go on till 31st July 2021.
The bronze medalist at the world championship, Jamuna Boro (54kg), will also be joining the women boxing squad in Pune after her long break due to injury. Whereas another Olympic boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) will continue to train at Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS) Bellary, instead of joining other boxers in Pune.
Keeping in consideration of all the safety protocols amid the pandemic, the boxers at the national camp will be divided into three groups alongside their respective sparring partners and the coaches will train the group at different scheduled sessions.
“With the Asian Championships and the Olympic Games approaching, our focus will be to utilize the time we have in hand and maximize the training ahead of these two events. Considering the safety of players, coaches, and support staff, we have created a training plan for players in separate clusters to minimize the risk involved. These are tough times but as much as we have to be careful, we also have a job at hand and we are ensuring our boxers can get back to camp and start training and working to get the best results possible,” said Hemanta Kalita, General Secretary of Boxing Federation of India.
Youth boxer Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), who had been impressive in her performance winning gold in the recently concluded AIBA Youth World Championship in Poland has also been included in the national camp group.
The national boxing camp also includes Jasmine (57kg) who had shown an impressive performance in her maiden senior international tournament at the Boxam in Spain. However, Manju Rani (48kg), Sonia Lather (57kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), and Shashi Chopra (64kg) are among the remaining pugilists that will make up the contingent and will undergo training under head coach Md Ali Qamar and high-performance director Raffaele Bergamasco.
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