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Amir sees Rio dawn for Devendro

The man in the white five series beamer got out the moment he spotted Indian boxing coach GS Sandhu. He wanted to take a picture with members of the Indian contingent that were hanging around the athlete exit waiting for boxer Devendro Singh who was taking inordinately long to come out after his loss to Paddy Barnes in their men’s light fly quarterfinal.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2012 02:28 IST
Sukhwant Basra

The man in the white five series beamer got out the moment he spotted Indian boxing coach GS Sandhu. He wanted to take a picture with members of the Indian contingent that were hanging around the athlete exit waiting for boxer Devendro Singh who was taking inordinately long to come out after his loss to Paddy Barnes in their men’s light fly quarterfinal.

“Just a passionate fan,” thought your correspondent. Imagine the surprise when the lean man in formals turned out to be Amir Khan, the two-time world championand the youngest British boxer to win an Olympic medal — a silver at Athens when he was 17.

Taking one to be a member of the Indian support staff, Khan insisted on pictures for his personal album. Khan is a great fan of Indian boxing and has known the Indian coach for a long time and wanted some frames with the man who has been pivotal in improving the lot of our pugilists.

“He fought really well, with great courage,” Khan said of Devendro. Asked about the potential of the 20-year-old, Khan said: “I think he (Devendro) has huge potential. He has it in him to win a medal in Rio if he is nurtured properly.”

Some way to go

Speaking about his impressions from the bout, Khan was quite clear that Devendro had some way to go, but evidently had the tools for the long haul. “He is tactically not that strong yet but will learn since he is so young. That’s not tough to do but what he has is the speed and aggression. Those cannot be taught.” He was particularly happy with the way Indian boxing is going. “Good results are coming in. I know these guys have been working hard for a long time. It’s good to see them doing well.”

Khan had come to cheer on the British boxers and was sitting in the stands with Prime Minister David Cameron when Nicola Adams took on Mary Kom. Khan is credited for the revival in the fortunes of British amateur boxing because it was his medal which spurred funding in the sport.

The country has reportedly spent to the tune of £10 million (around Rs 86 crore) to prepare its boxers for the Games.


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