An eight member Indian Boxing team left the capital city of Delhi to participate in the 2nd Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Tournament to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday (22nd December, 2011). The tournament that will be held from 22nd to 30th December 2011 will feature a total of 132 boxers from 18 nations including Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Uganda, Uzbekistan and hosts Pakistan. The second edition of the tournament is being organised by the Pakistan Boxing Federation in collaboration with International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC). The event being played at the Liaquat Gymnasium Sports Complex in Islamabad will offer a prize of 5,000 US Dollars to the team finishing first and 2,000 USD for the runners up squad along with cash incentives for individual medal winners.
In the first edition of the tournament that was held in January of 2010 the Indian Boxing Federation sent a second string team, which returned with two bronze medals from the tournament. With an idea to provide upcoming boxers with adequate international exposure and an opportunity to spar and excel at the global arena, the IABF has field a fairly young team, with little or no international experience.
National Coach GS Sandhu believes participation in these competitions plays a vital role in the development of boxers and works as a means to improve their performance and grades at the national camps. He said,??International exposure always builds an athlete?s confidence and performance and this tournament will offer good competition for our pugilists. These boxers are number three or four in their weight category and it is imperative for them to keep getting international match practice and be motivated by excelling at such events. It is a policy that helps us strike a balance of opportunities and keeps the boxers going?.
Leading the Indian charge in Pakistan would be, reigning national champion Madal Lal (49kg). The 20 year old who bagged a silver medal at the recently concluded Tammer Cup in Finland looks in good rhythm and is keen on making his mark once again.??I have had a decent run with my second National Championship gold medal and a silver medal in Finland. This tournament will provide a good opportunity for me to rub shoulder with some good boxers and I am looking forward to returning with a favourable result?,?he stated.
The second edition of the tournament will also see the likes of National Games gold medallist Sandeep Kankerwal (60kg) and National Games silver medallist Parminder Singh (81kg).
The complete squad is as follows:
|| Madan Lal
|| Light Fly Weight (49kg)
|| Sandeep Kankerwal
|| Light Weight (60kg)
|| Devanshu Jaiswal
|| Middle Weight (75kg)
|| Parminder Singh
|| Light Heavy Weight (81kg)
|| Heavy Weight (91kg)
|| Manjeet Singh
|| Super Heavy Weight (+91kg)
|| Jagdish C Malik