While the Senior Men Indian boxers are busy with their preparations for the 2012 London Olympic qualifiers, their Youth counterpart are all set to hit the national rings at the 44th Youth Men National Boxing Championships at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. The District Sports Authority stadium at Kakinada will play host to a plethora of young pugilists from different parts of the country take on each other vying for national glory.
The six day event, being organised by the Andhra Pradesh Boxing Association under the aegis of the Indian Boxing Federation, will see competition in 10 weight categories from light-fly to super heavy-weight. This battle for the national title will showcase sporting talents representing respective Indian States/Board teams. Apart from providing a perfect platform for current champions and emerging boxers to display their skills, the 44th edition of the Youth National Championships has more to it. The arena will also serve as a selection ground to shortlist players constituting the core group to be trained for the Youth Commonwealth Games, which are scheduled to be held at the Isle of Man in September this year.
Coach-in-charge of the youth team, G Manoharan believes the timing for the Youth National Championships ideal and will aid a great deal in preparation for the mega event. He said, “The event provides an excellent opportunity for the boxers to represent their state and board teams and it helps us to build on our bank of boxers; with the YCWG not too far away the national championships will help us identify the core group of boxers for the national camp”.
The Services Sports Control Board has been ruling the rings when it comes to the Youth National Championships. The team has been winning the championship every year since 2007. The 43rd edition that was held in Visakhapatnam saw SSCB win top honours with 6 gold 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. Haryana was a close second with 3 gold 2 silver and 1 bronze, while Punjab a distant third with 1 silver and 3 bronze. This year too, the services team would be looking to replicate last year’s triumph with a thumping performance.
The 44th edition of the championship will see a total of almost 200 boxers representing 25 State/Board teams compete from the 25th to the 29th of May’2011.
For draw and results of the championships kindly refer to the official website of the Indian Boxing Federationwww.indiaboxing.in.