They were "scared" of traveling to India for the Commonwealth Boxing Championships but having spent three days under tight security here, pugilists of defending champions England now say that all their fears have vanished.
"Frankly, we were scared of coming here. But we landed at the airport and gun-totting policemen were there to give us
security. It's been three days here and quite comfortable for us," the team's 20-year-old bantam weight 56kg boxer Ian
Weaver told PTI.
"We had heard about the terror threats (in India) back at home and that was scary but it's okay here. We feel fine,"
added 18-year-old Gamal Yafai, who would be competing in the fly weight 52kg category."But we had to come, come what may because we needed to check out how's everything for the Commonwealth Games. We have to prepare ourselves for that," said Weaver.
With his fears now eased, Weaver, in fact, is looking forward to a face off with Indian Olympian Akhil Kumar, who is
a gold medallist in both the Commonwealth Championship (2005) and the Commonwealth Games (2006).
"I have heard about him. He has a cool style. Just a bit short of height but it will be great to fight him," said the
boxer who stands a little over five feet .
The Englishmen were the first to arrive for the event, starting March 12, on Sunday but got a feel of the Talkatora
Stadium only today.