After a sizzling performance at the AIBA Asian Olympic Qualifying Event in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Indian men?s boxing team is all set to return to home base on the 14th Apr 2012. Indian pugilists scripted a new chapter in the country?s boxing history with seven boxers? the largest number ever, qualifying for the Olympics. Out of the seven three qualifications were secured at the Asian Olympic qualifiers ? Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh (75kg), 2010 Youth Olympics silver medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) and 2010 Youth Asian Championship silver medallist Sumit Sangwan (81kg) cemented their place at the London Olympiad with spectacular performances in the tournament. Thapa and Sangwan, the youngest two of the Indian squad, did not just win a quota place but went on to claim the title in their weight divisions. While Shiva devoured 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Wessam Salamana of Syria with some quality boxing, Sumit overpowered another bronze medal winner at the 2010 Asian Games Jakhon Qurbanov of Tajikistan.
India will return from the championship with two gold medals and three bronze medals. Vijender, who booked his ticket to the London Games after having gotten rid of 2011 Asian Championship silver medallist Chuluuntumur Tumurkhyag of Mongolia in the quarter-finals, lost in the semi-finals to Nursahat Pazziyev of Turkmenistan and had to settle for a bronze medal finish.2010 Asian Games silver medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg) and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) also had to be content with a bronze medal after losing out in the semi-finals.
The arrival details of the Indian team are as follows:
Date: 14th Apr ?2012
Flight No. : 9W 581 (Connecting flight from Almaty)
Arrival Time: 0540 Hrs.
Arrival at terminal 3 of IGI Airport