New Delhi/Mysuru: As the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast approaches, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) announced its complete contingent for the prestigious tournament with seasoned pugilists M C Mary Kom and Manoj Kumar leading the country’s charge.
Naman Tanwar and Gaurav Solanki also made the cut after they booked their berths in the team by winning the category trials, held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
In the women’s 51 kg weight category, Pinki Rani will spearhead India’s challenge after her dominating run to the gold at the India Open.
Other flag bearers in the women’s department, Laisharam Devi (60 kg) and Lovlina Boroghain (69 kg) will look to continue their dominating form of run and return with medals for the country.
In the men’s 60 kg category, owing to his heroics against Shiva Thapa twice in the past, Manish Kaushik will make the trip to Gold Coast and look to stamp his authority on the gold medal.
Highly decorated boxers Vikas Krishnan and Manoj Kumar will be leading the line in the men’s department. After his gritty performance at the Strandja Memorial Tournament, Amit Phangal, will also look to go the length of the championship. Also accompanying them will be Hussam Mohammed in the 56 kg category.
Late inclusions to the squad were World Youth bronze medalist Naman Talwar (91 kg) and the unheralded Gaurav Solanki (52 kg) after their trials were completed on March 4.
45-48 kg: M C Mary Kom
51 kg: Pinki Rani
60 kg: Laisharam Devi
69 kg: Lovlina Boroghain
46-49 kg: Amit Phangal
52 kg: Gaurav Solanki
56 kg: Hussam Mohammed
60 kg: Manish Kaushik
69 kg: Manoj Kumar
75 kg: Vikas Krishnan
91 kg: Naman Tanwar
+91 kg: Satish Kumar