Asian Boxing Championships to be held ahead of final world Olympic qualifiers

India will host the continental meet in April or May, giving boxers enough time before the all-important qualification event in Paris.

By Naveen Peter ·

The Asian Boxing Championships, which were initially planned for 2020, will be held in April-May this year, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh informed.

The continental meet was slated for November-December last year but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed. The venue, however, has not been confirmed.

The Asian meet could prove to be a dress rehearsal for Indian boxers who are looking at the final world Olympic qualifiers to be held in Paris in June to book their tickets for Tokyo 2020.

So far, an unprecedented nine boxers from India have qualified for the Olympics following a commendable show at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers last year.

“They trained in Italy last year for two months and then they will also compete in the world qualifiers in June. There will be no shortage of competition for them,” Ajay Singh said.

Indian boxers can still make the Olympic grade in the featherweight (57kg) and light heavyweight (81kg) categories in the men’s section and the featherweight (57kg) division in the women’s section.

India last hosted the Asian Boxing Championships for men in 1980 in Mumbai. The women's version was held in Hisar, Haryana in 2003.

Since 2019, the two events have been held simultaneously with Thailand playing host to the first combined continental meet.

The Indian boxers put up a fine show in Bangkok that year finishing third in the medals tally with two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.