Nine of the 12 boxers who went to the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers punched their tickets to Tokyo, but the rest have one more chance to secure their spot.
The recently-concluded Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers at Amman, Jordan saw nine Indian boxers qualify for the 2020 Olympics, India’s largest boxing contingent at the Games.
However, four boxers- Naman Tanwar, Gaurav Solanki, Sachin Kumar and Sakshi Chaudhary who travelled for the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers could not emulate their compatriots at the event.
Sachin Kumar came closest at Amman in the light heavyweight (81kg) category when he reached the box-off final but could not get past Tajikistan’s Shabbos Negmatulloev.
However, the continental boxing Olympic qualifiers was the first of two opportunities for the pugilists with the World boxing Olympic qualifiers being the other.
The event is set to be held from May 13-20 in Paris and more Indian boxers could potentially join the burgeoning contingent at the 2020 Olympics.
However, this also means that Naman Tanwar, Gaurav Solanki, Sachin Kumar and Sakshi Chaudhary will have to prove their worth to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).
The BFI will most probably hold national trials to decide the Indian boxers’ squad to travel to Paris for the World boxing Olympic qualifiers.
In the men’s 81kg category, Brijesh Yadav would be the main competitor for Sachin Kumar. Yadav was India’s selected candidate at the 2019 World Men’s Boxing Championships and got till the second round.
In the men’s 91kg category, President’s Cup silver medallist Gaurav Chauhan and emerging Indian boxer Naveen Kumar will be optimistic of their chance of making the cut for the World boxing Olympic qualifiers by impressing in the trials.
The women’s 57kg category will most likely see Sakshi Chaudhary pitted against Manisha Moun of Haryana. The latter participated in the 2018 Women’s Boxing Championships, making it to the quarter-finals and also bagged a bronze medal at the 2019 Asian Championships.
The men’s 57kg category could see Kavinder Singh Bisht, Gaurav Solanki and Sachin Siwach battle it out. Bisht is the reigning Asian Championships silver medallist and also reached the quarter-finals of the Men’s World Boxing Championships of 2019.
Sachin Siwach is another tough competitor. He bagged a silver medal at the Asian Youth Boxing Championships three years back and also won a gold medal at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.