Monday, May 13, 2013

Indian boxing team leaves for tourney in Russia

May 14, 2013,

Former Asian Championships silver-medallist Nanao, who did not compete at all last year while recovering from injuries, would compete in the 49kg division.

\"The injuries are behind me now and hopefully this tournament would give a fresh start to my career,\" said Nanao, a 2008 youth world champion.

The 19-year-old Shiva (56kg) is also coming off a long break from competition given that his previous international event was the London Olympics last year.

\"It has been a long break because international suspension meant that we did not go for a few events. Let`s hope everything falls in place soon so that we can go and compete more often,\" he said.

Also there would be Asian Games silver-medallist V Santhosh Kumar (64kg) along with multiple-time national champion Kuldeep Singh (75kg).

\"It would be good exposure because we do need to be competitive given that the World Championship is just around the corner (in October),\" said India`s Cuban coach Blas Iglesias Fernandes, who is accompanying the team.

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