Olympic-bound boxers set to renew coaching from June 10 at NIS | Boxing News

CHANDIGARH: The Boxing Federation of India could be the first association to restart training for its Olympic-bound athletes as it plans to bring both the men and women pugilists under the same roof at the NIS in Patiala, from June 10.

The decision was taken at a video conference, where the Olympic-bound boxers took part along with BFI executive director RK Sacheti, vice president Rajesh Bhandari, high performance directors Santiago Nieva (men) and Raffaele Bergamasco (women), and chief national coaches CA Kuttappa (men) and Mohammed Ali Qamar (women).

The boxers, who had attended the conference were Amit Panghal (52kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), MC May Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), and Pooja Rani (75kg). However, three other boxers, who had also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, namely Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg) could not take part in the call.

TOI had on Friday carried a report where the authorities at the NIS, Patiala were yet to seek permission from the local administration to restart outdoor training in the campus, which was declared a no-containment zone.

“Most of the boxers expressed their willingness to train in the ring, even though they have carried out all the tasks at home during the lockdown period. The decision to hold training for both men and women under the same roof will help the federation maintain the strict Covid-19 safety guidelines,” BFI treasurer Hemanta Kalita confirmed TOI.

“We also had to keep in mind the logistical issues, including the inter-state travel and flight operations, due to which the decision to resume the camp was deferred to June 10,” he added.

Earlier, the BFI had ruled out resumption of camps in the last week of May despite the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) giving the go ahead for opening of sports complexes and stadia.

The BFI had earlier released a set of guidelines, barring the pugilists from human sparring, besides asking them to avoid the ring. The guidelines also recommended the use of their personal equipment for all forms of training as part of the safety protocol to negate the threat of the virus. They will also be offered cover for Covid-19 in their medical insurance, as per the SOP made by the BFI. The boxers and the federation will also have to sign consent acknowledging the risk of resumption before being allowed back at the SAI centre.

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