Indian boxers bound for the Olympics will be looking to gain valuable sparring experience during their final show tour of Italy in the coming weeks.
Eight of the nine boxers qualified for the Olympics – including Amit Panghal (52 kg) and Vikas Krishan (69 kg) in the men, Simranjit Kaur (60 kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) in the women – and eight other boxers of The country’s elite will be part of the trip to Assisi, Italy, until July 10.
Six-time world champion and London Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom (51 kg) preferred to stay behind and train at the Army Sports Institute in Pune.
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The training camp is growing in importance as boxers from at least six other countries, including Italy, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador and France, are expected to attend.
“The idea is to get good sparring. Dealing with different national training styles and different opponents is important. We have good sparrings in India, but the boxers know each other well. It’s not the same when you go out and train with other people from different countries, ”said high performance director Santiago Nieva. Sports star Friday a few hours before the departure of the team for Italy.
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As the Olympics approach, Nieva said: “The goal is how to be more efficient, more aggressive and add more power on the punches.
“Different situations require different solutions and you have to be quick to find what works best for you. There are different levels of intelligence and the best way to explain a point to someone is to show it to them on video.
According to Nieva, Manish Kaushik (63 kg) and Satish Kumar (+91 kg) have resumed training after recovering from COVID-19.
Nieva expressed satisfaction with Indian boxers’ exhibition tours amid the pandemic. “Compared to other countries and given the current situation, we are in a good position,” he said.