Despite all the restrictions that the nation-wide lockdown has brought upon sporting action in India, the Indian women’s boxing team seems to be moving ahead in great gusto.
Leading this charge is the Performance Director of the Indian women’s boxing team, Raffaele Bergamasco.
The Italian, who is based out of New Delhi, has ensured that he checks on his elite bunch regularly and has devised plans for every pugilist in the squad.
“Of course, I am connected to all the boxers and my team through video call conference on a daily basis,” he said in a recent interview to Sportstar.
“I provide the programme and they are supposed to train at home in spite of the difficulties and lack of training facilities. I call them directly on video and point out their mistakes if any.”
Raffaele Bergamasco’s unprecedented success
The Italian who has been at the helm of affairs with the women’s boxing teams says that the process is to ensure that the boxers remain in top shape despite the prevalent situation so that once normal training resumes, they can take their game forward and not lose time on building up the lost ground.
Raffaele Bergamasco has been with the women’s boxing team since 2017 and the progress showcased by his pugilists is a testament to his hard work and dedication towards the cause.
So far, four Indian women have qualified for Tokyo 2020, the most since women’s boxing was introduced at the London 2012 Games. And if their performance at the Asian Olympic Qualifying event in Amman, Jordan was anything to go by, one wouldn’t bet against the boxers adding a few more to the tally.
But despite such tangible success rumours suggest that Raffaele Bergamasco’s job might be on the line given the COVID-19 pandemic that the world is dealing with.
However, the Italian is not concerned one bit and is confident that his work will speak for itself.
“It is normal that every disastrous situation is followed by its consequences on all job profiles and sport is no exception,” he said.
“But I am quite happy with my time and work here in India and with the Olympics postponement, we have enough time to train and prepare ourselves for the final show.
“So, such assumptions are baseless, we are all in this together globally and should pray for the fight that our doctors are putting into saving lives.”
With the team’s performance at the Olympic qualifiers backing him and the Sports Authority of India and the Boxing Federation of India assuring that the services of their foreign contingent will be continued till the Games in 2021, Raffaele Bergamasco can continue his good work without many distractions.