Akhil misses his chance to make it to London Olympics, Vijender to lead India’s challenge in Asian Continental Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament

Patiala: 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and one of the heroes of boxing squad in the Beijing Olympics, Akhil Kumar has missed his chance to make it o the London Olympics. Struggling with injury, Akhil could not take part in the final trials for the last Olympic qualifying tournament --  Asian Continental Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament -- that will be held in at Astana from April 5 (Preliminary bouts commence) –April 12 (Finals), Kazakhstan, which ended his London dream.

Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh (75 kg) will be leading India’s challenge in the Asian Continental Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament, which  will see M Suranjoy (52kg), Shiva Thapa (56 kg), Sumit Sangwan (81 kg), manpreet Singh (91 kg) and Paramjit Samota (+91 kgs) vying for the quota places for the mega event.

The Indian men’s boxing team will leave for Kazakhstan on April 1 so as to acclimatize themselves before the competition starts on April 5. The available quota places for London Olympics in various weight categories at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament are: 52 kgs (4 places), 56 kgs (3 places), 75 kgs (4 places), 81 kgs (3 places), 91 kgs (1 place) & +91 kgs (1 place).

The following Selection Committee Members were present for the Trials at Patiala from February 24 – 26: Government Observer M. Venu (Dronacharya Awardee & Arjuna Awardee), Padam Bahadur Mall (Arjuna Awardee), Rajendra Prasad (Arjuna Awardee), Devarajan (Arjuna Awardee), Md Ali Qamar (Arjuna Awardee), Jitender Kumar (Arjuna Awardee), GS Sandhu (Dronacharya Awardee & Chief National Coach), BI Fernandez (Cuban Coach), Dr CK Jerath (Vice President, IABF) & Brig PK Muralidharan Raja (Secretary General, IABF).