India reportedly withdraws from Asian U-22 Boxing C’ ships.© Instagram
The Boxing Federation of India has decided to withdraw from the Asian Under-22 Championships for men and women in Tashkent, Uzbekistan due to the global increase in COVID-19 cases, but is willing to participate if the tournament is moved to a time when the pandemic subsides. A reliable source in the federation has confirmed to PTI that a letter has been sent to the Asian Boxing Confederation and the tournament’s organizing committee confirming India’s withdrawal. The event was to be held from January 20 to 30. The Asian event was originally scheduled to be held from December 7-17 last year, but was postponed due to the pandemic.
Indian boxing has been hit by a COVID crisis of its own. The national senior men’s camp in Patiala has reported 26 cases, including 20 boxers.
Boxers born in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 are eligible to compete in the event to be held on the continent for the first time.
The competition was to be held in 12 women’s and 13 men’s weight divisions.
The Indian men’s squad included Asian bronze medalist Mohammed Etash Khan (63.5kg) and reigning National Champion Rohit Mor (60kg).
The women’s team included world youth champion Arundhati Chaudhary (71 kg) and international medalist Jaismine (63 kg).
Chaudhary had recently made headlines by suing the Boxing Federation of India for failing to hold trials in her weight category for the World Championships in Turkey.
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