Youth boxers leave for Asian meet

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 11:30 hrs

New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) A 13-member youth Indian boxing team left for Subic Bay, in the Philippines, for the 20th edition of the Asian Youth Boxing Championship.

The team of 10 boxers, two coaches and one doctor left Saturday, said an Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) release here.

No less than 130 fighters, representing 26 countries, will battle for the continental crown in the Asian Boxing Confederation's (ASBC) tournament. The competition, to be held in 10 weight divisions, begins March 11 and concludes March 17.

In the previous edition in Tehran, Iran in 2010, the Indian team did well with nine of 10 boxers returning with medals.

The Indian pugilists bagged two gold medals (Vikas Krishan 60kg, Naveen 81kg), three silver medals (Devendro Singh 49kg, Venkatanagarjuna 57kg, Sumit Sangwan 75kg) and four bronze medals (S. Surisetti 51kg, Harpal Singh 64kg, Manoj Kumar 91kg, Rajat +91kg).

The current squad, which had been training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Western Training Centre in Aurangabad under the supervision of coach-in-charge G. Manoharan will have a tough task replicating the success of 2010.

Manoharan is, however, positive about the chances for his wards.

"It is not going to be easy matching the performance we had in 2010 but the boys have done well in training and also in the Youth World Championship last year. I am confident of having a favourable result this year as well," he said.

Leading the Indian charge will be the likes of 2012 AIBA Youth World Championship silver medallist Narender Berwal (+91kg), bronze medallists at the 2012 Youth Worlds Lalitha Prasad (49kg) and Sandeep Sharma (75kg).

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