Indian boxing contingent is training in Italy for Olympic Games right now and will leave for Tokyo from their base in Assisi on July 17. Nine Indian boxers have qualified for Tokyo 2020, including five men and four women. All nine are preparing hard as the Games will start on July 23 with boxing competitions starting the next day.
The men’s qualified for Tokyo 2020 in boxing are Amit Panghal (52kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg). On the other side, the women qualified for Tokyo 2020 in boxing are MC Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), and Pooja Rani (75kg).
India’s qualification in boxing has performed better than the Rio 2016 Olympics where only three athletes could make it their position and none of them were women. In Rio Olympics, Indians didn’t produce any medals from the boxing side. In 2008, India received its first gold medal in the boxing side when Vijender Singh claimed the middleweight bronze. After Vijender Singh, Mary Kom brought medal India in 2012.
Indian athletes will go through a hard quarantine of three days after arriving in Tokyo along with daily testing for COVID-19. The Tokyo Olympics is starting from July 23 to August 8 without crowds due to COVID-19 concern. Mary Kom and hockey captain Manpreet Singh will be the torchbearers for India at the opening ceremony.