The Boxing Federation of India will be sending an eight member coaching and support team to accompany the nine boxers who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. The team will be lead by national director Santiago Nieva.
Raffaele Bergamasco the women’s foreign boxing coach, CA Kuttappa the men’s national coach, along with Chhote Lal Yadav and Ali Qamar will round off the coaches team that will travel to Tokyo. Two physiotherapists Rohit Kashyap and Aayush Yekhande as well as team doctor Dr. Karanjeet Singh will also accompany the pugilists, completing the 8 member team.
Amit Panghal, who will be going first seeded into the Tokyo Olympics, had urged the Federation to allow his long time coach Anil Dhankar to make the trip to Tokyo with him. The BFI allowed Dhankar to accompany Panghal to Asissi, Italy to train before the Tokyo Olympics but had informed Panghal well in advance that his coach will not make the cut for the team
“The IOA then sends the list to the International Olympic Committee and everything is registered. Once the long list is registered, we can subsequently reduce but cannot add names to it. Panghal’s coach’s name was not part of this list. Panghal intended to take his coach at a belated stage and by then the long list had been frozen,” the official said to SportsStar.
Mary Kom’s Coach Chhote Lal Yadav to travel to Tokyo Olympics
Mary Kom‘s long time coach Chhote Lal Yadav has been named in the list of coaches that will be travelling to the Tokyo Olympics. “Mary Kom’s coach Chhote Lal Yadav has been included in the list of the coaching staff that will accompany the Indian boxing contingent to the Tokyo Olympics,” a senior BFI official told Sportstar.
Yadav is a three time national champion in the 57kg category and has been training Mary Kom for over 5 years. He completed his 2 star level coaching certification from the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).
Nine Indian Boxers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. They are Amit Panghal (52kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Satish Kumar (91kg), Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).