Eight Indian Boxers In Tokyo Olympics

India In 2020 Tokyo Olympics

On Monday 9th March, after MC Mary Kom and Simranjit Kaur advanced at the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers st in Amman, Jordan. This led to both the boxers booking their tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and took Indias’s qualifying tally to eight boxers. 

From Sunday onwards, India’s boxing circle was in a buzz, as five boxers qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, raising the stakes high. These qualifiers included Vikas Krishan (69 kg), Lovlina Borghoin (69 kg), Pooja Rani (75 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg), and Satish Kumar (91+ kg). 

However, on Monday, Amit Panghal (52 kg) started the winning run for India, and MC Mary Kom (51 kg) and later Simranjit Kaur (60 kg)followed suit, as the total qualifying number reached eight. 

The 23-year old Amit Panghal faced his old rival Carlo Paalam from the Philippines, and pulled out a close win, advancing in the semi-finals of Asian Qualifiers. 

In a neck-to-neck fight, Panghal relied solely on straight punches to look convincing in the first round winning with a split 3:2 verdict, while in the second round though he advanced with 4:1 split verdict, Paalam clearly seemed to have the upper hand. 

However, in the third round, capitalizing on Paalam’s tiredness, a superior Paalam easily completes the round with another 4:1 split verdict. In the semis of Asian Qualifiers, Panghal will be next up against China’s Jianguan Hu, to reach the finals. 

On Monday, the next glory was brought in by none other than, MC Mary Kom, when she bettered Irish Magno from the Philippines to score a near-perfect 5-0 win in quarterfinals of Asian Qualifiers as well as qualifying for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kom will me next going up against Yuan Chang from China, in the semifinals of Asian Qualifiers. 

The last match of the day saw, an indomitable Simranjit Kaur battering Namuun Monkhor from Mongolia, with a convincing score of 5-0, securing her first Olympic ticket. Simranjit will be facing third seed Shih-Yi Wu from Taiwan in the semi-finals of Asian Qualifiers. 

The only loss suffered by India was by India’s Commonwealth Games silver-medallist, Manish Kaushik. In an intense bout against third seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh from Mongolia, Kaushik finished at 2-3, but hopes of acquiring Olympic berth as of yet. 

A proud moment for the nation, as India qualifies with 8 boxers for the Tokyo Olympics, which equals the tally of the number of qualifiers in London 2012.

Sukanya Chakraborty

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