Boxing has been a promising sport for India in recent years. India is doing well at the Asian and Commonwealth Games in boxing. Perhaps, Indian Boxers have been performing well in the Olympics as well. Until now 9 Indian Boxers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Due to Covid-19, the Tokyo Olympics world boxing qualification got cancelled. The qualification even was scheduled in June just before the Olympics 2020. With still 53 positions to grab, this is very disappointing for the Indian Boxers. International Olympic Committee cancelled the event due to the new rise of the coronavirus situation.
From 13 categories, 9 Indian boxers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Let’s get into the details of all 9 who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Indian Boxers who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020
Vikas Krishan (Men’s, 59 kg category)
Vikas, a two time Olympian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a commanding performance at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers. He was eliminated from the 2012 London Olympics in the preliminary round. However, he got close to the podium as he was eliminated from the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics, 2016.
A stronger, more focused Vikas will be looking for a medal in Tokyo. In a recent interview with Olympic Channel, he has stated that “Be it in training, sparring or in tournaments, I have had the same mindset. My goal is to implement all of this so that no one can touch me at the Olympics. I won’t settle for wins, I want to dominate and win.”
Lovlina Borgohain (Women’s, 69kg)
Lovlina Borgohain is a two-time World Championships bronze medalist. She is one of the most promising women boxers from India, who can get to the podium for India.
Lovlina qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by the virtue of her bronze a the 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifiers.
Simranjit Kaur (Women’s, 60kg)
The current National Champion is another hope for Indian Boxing eternity. Simranjit Kaur, 23 years old female boxer from Punjab started as a light-weight boxer in her earlier days. However, it has her two medals at the Senior International Championship in Kazakhstan in 2017 made sure she becomes a constant at the national and international level. Simran was adjudged as the Indian Boxer of the year in 2019.
Simran also bagged in sliver in the recently concluded 35th Boxam International Boxing Tournament in Castellon, Spain.
Manish Kaushik (Men’s, 63kg)
Manish the army man qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 via Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers in March earlier this year. However, the 24-year-old did not find it easy as he lost in the last round at the Asian qualifiers. Though his first-round points made sure he is heading t Tokyo.
Manish was the last Indian boxer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. He is another Indian boxer who hails from the Bhiwani district in Haryana. Bhiwani is named the ‘Mini Cuba’ of Indian boxing.
Amit Panghal (Men’s, 52kg)
The gold medalist from the Boxing World Cup 2020 is another podium hope for Indian boxing. Amit is India’s world number one in the flyweight category.
Panghal has already won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and a silver medal at the 2018 commonwealth games.
Mary Kom (Women’s, 51kg)
Mary Kom is the most illustrated Indian boxer ever. She has won everything except gold or silver at the Olympics. In a career spanning over 20 years, Kom has won World Championships a record-equaling six times. Along with that, she is also the first Indian woman to win gold at both Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
Kom now is focused to win Gold for India at the Tokyo Olympics as she has already stated it will her last Olympics.
“I have already won everything—an Olympic gold is the only thing that’s lacking in my life. I want to give my country this gift, an Olympic gold”Kom via Olympic Channel
Satish Kumar (Men’s, 91kg)
Satish Kumar is the first heavyweight Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games. He qualified for his debut Olympics via a sem-finals spot at the Asian Qualifiers in Jordan.
The veteran boxer will fight in the 91kg category. Satish is an Asian Games bronze medalist (2014) and Commonwealth Games silver medalist (2018).
Pooja Rani (Women’s, 75kg)
Another boxer from Bhiwani, Haryana. Pooja fights in the middleweight category for India. Pooja was one of the first Indian boxers to qualify for the Tokyo Games.
After defeating Thailand’s Pornnipa Chutee at the Asia Oceania boxing Olympic qualifiers she cemented her place at the Olympics 2020. Pooja is a bronze medalist from the 2014 Asian Games. Along with that she also has a Gold medal from the 2016 South Asian Games.
Ashish Kumar (Men’s, 75kg)
Just like Pooja Rani, Ashish also qualified for the Olympics 2020 via his performance at the Asia Oceania boxing Olympic qualifiers.
Ashish is a silver medalist from the 2019Asian Championships. The 24-year-old who hails from a family full of athletes aims to have his name at the podium in Tokyo.