Amit Panghal, Shiva Thapa in Indian Boxing Team For Commonwealth Games
Indian boxer Amit Panghal will compete in the 51kg division at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Amit Panghal and Shiva Thapa eased past their rivals to secure their place in the Indian boxing team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8. Panghal, the 2019 world championship silver medallist, earned his place in the 51kg division while Thapa clinched the 63.5kg spot after winning the selection trials held at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in Patiala on Thursday..
The other six boxers who made it into the Indian team are 2018 bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg), Rohit Tokas (67kg), reigning national champion Sumit (75kg), Ashish Kumar (80kg), Sanjeet (92kg) and Sagar (92kg).
Panghal, bouncing back after a disastrous outing at the Tokyo Olympics last year, defeated fellow Services boxer Deepak 4-1 via a split decision. He is keen to improve upon his performance from the last edition of CWG in Gold Coast, where he won a silver medal.
Thapa, world medallist in 2015, out-punched 2018 CWG silver medallist Manish Kaushik 5-0 to seal his spot for the quadrennial event.
In the 57kg category, Hussamuddin prevailed over 2019 Asian Championship silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht 4-1, while Railways' Rohit eked out a close 3-2 win over Aditya Pratap Yadav of UP in the welterweight division. Sumit, Ashish, Sanjeet and Sagar all dominated their bouts as they won by an identical 5-0 margin.
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India finished second in the 2018 edition of the Games, returning with a haul of nine medals, including three golds and as many silvers and bronze.
The women's trials for the Games will be held next week.
Men's Team: Amit Panghal (51kg), Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg), Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) Rohit Tokas (67kg), reigning national champion Sumit (75kg), Ashish Kumar (80kg), Sanjeet (92kg) and Sagar (92kg ).
(With additions from PTI)
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