While every individual’s ambition is to compete in the Summer Olympics, only a chosen are fortunate to accomplish so. With Tokyo Olympics 2020 starting soon, the Indian boxing contingent looks solid with nine boxers representing the country.
There are numerous medal contenders in India’s boxing team at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. However, some well-known boxers have failed to qualify this time around and are not competing in the forthcoming quadrennial event.
On that note, let’s take a look at the top 3 Indian boxers who will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Shiva Thapa, a two-time Olympian, will not be a part of the Indian boxing contingent in the Tokyo Olympics. Thapa will not be competing in the 63kg category, which will be filled by young star Manish Kaushik.
Thapa was the youngest Indian to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London and win gold at the Asian Championships in 2013. When he won silver at the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai 2021, he became one of only two men to secure five medals.
Thapa hasn’t had success in the Olympics but is India’s most successful boxer in Asian Championships and will be a huge miss for the nation in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Gaurav Solanki did not make it to the quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers and thus was ruled out for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. His only hope for competing in the Games was the World Olympic Qualifier but the Olympic Committee of India decided to cancel the event which shattered his dreams of making it to the big event.
Solanki grabbed a gold medal in the 52 kg flyweight category in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Boxing Championships held at Apia, Samoa. He followed it by another gold in the same category in the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast, Queensland.
Solanki is a promising talent and India would strongly be missing his services.
Sonia Chahal is another Indian boxer who missed her chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to the cancellation of the World Olympics Qualifiers. She was looking in good touch and was close to qualifying for the mega event, but Indian Olympic Committee’s decision saw her being left out.
Sonia clinched a silver medal in the 57 kg featherweight category in the AIBA Women’s World Championships held at New Delhi, India. She followed it by winning a bronze in the same category in the 2019 Bangkok Asian Championships.