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No incentives for boxing coaches

Indian boxers have proved their mettle in almost all international competitions in the last three years. Navrajdeep Singh reports.

other Updated: Aug 16, 2011 23:30 IST
Navrajdeep Singh

Indian boxers have proved their mettle in almost all international competitions in the last three years.

But the irony is that the coaches, who are equal partners in their success, have not been given cash incentives due to them since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Forgotten too soon
"The ministry has failed to provide cash incentives to coaches who have contributed so much to Indian boxing. They are yet to receive dues for the Beijing Games, the Delhi Commonwealth Games, Guangzhou Asian Games and World Championships," said PK Muralidharan Raja, general-secretary, India Boxing Federation (IBF).

He said the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities has lowered the confidence of the coaches and many of them were refusing to join national camps.

"Who would like to join (the camps) and do all the hard work if they are not paid? They stay away from families to prepare the boxers, but, in the end, they get ignored. We get so many refusal letters before national camps," said Raja.

Raja also said the IBF was waiting for the sports ministry's approval for the last two years for setting up boxing rings at the grass-root level.

"The IBF has been writing to the ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the last two years but to no avail. Though, we have already paid our share of 25 per cent to the authorities, they have not bothered to contribute their part," he said adding,

"Talent can only be harnessed when we are ready to provide facilities at the grass-root level."

Vijender confused
PTI adds:
India's medal hope at the London Olympics, boxer Vijender Singh is trying to figure out an all-new system of scoring that has left him "confused".

"I don't understand this new system of scoring. I like the previous one. This system leaves one confused because a boxer might think that he is ahead only to find out later that he is actually down. You never know where you are and that affects strategy," said Vijender.

"I don't think this is the way to build up excitement," he added.