Injured Gaurav Bidhuri, Vikas Krishan out of India Open boxing tournament
India Open international boxing tournament, with a prize purse of $100,000, is important as the Indian squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be spotted (shortlisted) during the event.other sports Updated: Jan 27, 2018 20:20 IST
Indian world championship bronze medallist in bantam weight (56kg), Gaurav Bidhuri, will miss the India Open international boxing tournament that will get underway at the Thagyaraj Stadium in New Delhi from Sunday.
“My back injury has cropped up again, it has forced to me to skip the competition,” said Bidhuri.
India Open, with a prize purse of $100,000, is important as the Indian squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be spotted (shortlisted) during the event.
However, Bidhuri was confident of recovering from his injury before the CWG, which begins Down Under on April 4. “I am the leading boxer in my weight category and, if fit, will get another chance to book a berth for the CWG,” he added.
After the podium finish at the World Championship last August, Bidhuri has been training at the national camp in Patiala, but haven’t taken part in any competition. He will also miss out on the upcoming European exposure tour. “I am going through rehabilitation and it will take time,” he explained.
The Indian injury list contains Olympian Vikas Krishan (75kg) as well. However, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has shortlisted him for the European trip in February.
Thapa, Sangwan lead India
Other leading boxers, including Shiva Thapa (60kg), Manoj Kumar (69) and Sumit Sangwan (91kg), are expected to put up a good show at the India Open.
Besides the elite boxers, BFI is also fielding a B team with promising boxers from the national camp. As many as 40 Indian boxers will be in the fray with the winners of each category pocketing $ 2,500 each, while the runners-up will be get $1,000, and third place boxers will win $500 each.
Besides the hosts boxers from Cuba, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia will compete in the five-day event.
In the women’s segment, Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom will be main attraction. Asian bronze medalist L Sarita Devi, Sarjubala Devi and Pinki Jangra are other leading boxers in the national side.
The women’s draw comprises of over 70 participants. With over 200 competitors in the fray, opening day will feature as many as 60 bouts.