Veteran pugilist Shiva Thapa and Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain will lead India’s challenge in men’s and women’s challenges respectively at the Asian Boxing Championships next month. The men’s and women’s squads were selected after the selection trials for the continental showpiece were held at NIS Patiala from Thursday to Saturday.
Many top names including Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nikhat Zareen, three-time Asian Championship medallist Amit Panghal and Birmingham Commonwealth Games medallists Rohit Tokas and Sagar Ahlawat skipped the trials. While Zareen will give the tournament a miss to take much-needed rest, Panghal, Tokas, and Ahlawat are nursing injuries, as per a PTI report.
Meanwhile, Shiva Thapa who will be leading the men’s challenge is the most successful Indian male boxer in the history of the tournament. Thapa has won five medals in the continental showpiece including a gold, two silver, and as many bronze medals. In the last edition, Thapa won the silver medal. Apart from him, Md. Hussamuddin is another prominent name in the men’s squad.
In the women’s squad, Lovlina Borgohain will have a point to prove after two underwhelming performances- at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. The women's team also features world championship bronze medallist Parveen Hooda (63kg) and Youth World Boxing champion Alfiya Pathan.
Notably, the event will take place in Amman, Jordan from October 30 to November 12. The Indian contingent is likely to leave for Amman in mid-October for a 15-day training camp ahead of the tournament.
Men: Govind Sahani (48kg), Sparsh Kumar (51kg), Sachin (54kg), Md. Hussamuddin (57kg), Etash Khan (60kg), Shiva Thapa (63.5kg), Amit Kumar (67kg), Sachin (71kg), Sumit (75kg), Lakshya C (80kg), Kapil P (86kg), Naveen K (92kg), Narender (+92kg).
Women: Monika (48kg), Savita (50kg), Minakshi (52kg), Sakshi (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Simranjit (60kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita Boro (66kg), Pooja (70kg), Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), Saweety (81kg), Alfiya (+81kg).