The Indian boxing team, selected to represent India at the AIBA World Championships in Baku scheduled to be held from September 22-October 10, will leave the capital city of Delhi in the early hours of Saturday (10 September'2011), to partake in 12 day training cum competition in Bugeat, France. The event, being organized by the French Boxing Federation assumes added importance in view of the fact that the Men's World Championships ? the first qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics, will immediately follow. Top ten boxers in each weight category will get a ticket for the Olympics games, except for the Heavy and Super Heavy weight classes where only top six will qualify.
With the idea to provide the selected boxers with more international exposure and an opportunity to excel at the global level, the IABF, decided to field a team for this event. About 12 to 14 countries including England, Australia, and Ireland are expected to train in France. The Indian boxers are likely to face some of the competitors who await them at the World Championships.
Indian Boxing Federation Secretary General Brig PK Muralidharan Raja said, sparring in France will help the Indian Boxers prepare well for the mega events to follow. He further added,
"France will not just benefit our boxers to prepare for the World Championships, but will also aid them in their training for the Olympics. The country has a set-up similar to London. Therefore with the Olympics in mind we have decided to send the team to France,"
Chief coach GS Sandhu also believes this trip will be very useful for the Indian team as it will help them overcome the initial hiccups and build their confidence before the championships. He said,
"There will be joint trainings and sparring sessions. It will be beneficial to the boys in many ways. Competition would be of a friendly nature; therefore it will help our boxers release a bit of the pressure and ease into the world championships. And since the weather conditions will be similar to Baku the tour will also aid us in getting acclimatised to European conditions"
After the tournament in France, the Indian team head straight to Baku to compete in the World Championships. 2010 Asian Games gold medallist, Vijender SIng and silver medallists Dinesh Kumar recently returned from New York having bagged gold medals at the World Police Games. Both the boxers are waiting for their visas to be approved for Baku, Azerbaijan, once confirmed the two veterans of the sport will join the team in France.
The Complete squad is as follows:
||State / Board
||Lt Fly (49 kgs)
||L Devendro Singh
||Fly (52 kgs)
||Bantam (56 kgs)
||Light (60 kgs)
||Lt Welter (64 kgs)
||Welter (69 kgs)
||Middle (75 kgs)
||Lt Heavy (81 kgs)
||Heavy (91 kgs)
Super Heavy (+91)