The wait is about to get over, as the mega event will kick-start from 23 July and the boxing action will take place from 24 July. The Indian boxers have reached the Tokyo game village and are all set to storm the ring.
For the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a record nine boxers have qualified. The number has increased by three folds as in the Rio 2016 Olympics, only three Indian boxers were able to qualify for the prestigious mega event. Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar, and Vikas Krishnan were the three boxers who represented India in Rio 2016 Olympics.
The men’s boxing includes five male boxers and four female boxers. Here is a short profile of their performance and career.
Amit Panghal (52kg)
The Army man from Haryana is a nice mix of controlled aggression and tactical acumen. He won a silver medal at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in the Flyweight division. Panghal also won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games. World No. 1 will be representing India in Men’s 52 kg boxing in Tokyo Olympics.
Vikas Krishan (69kg)
Vikas Krishan has been one of the most consistent boxers for India over the past decade. Former world championships bronze medalist, Krishan will make it to his third Olympics in Tokyo.
Born in the Singhwa Khas village of Haryana’s Hisar district, Vikas Krishan has won the lightweight gold medal at the world youth championships in Baku and the bronze at the Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Ashish Kumar (75kg)
Ashish Kumar hails from Dhahotu village of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. He represents India in the Middleweight category in international competitions. He won the first Gold medal of his boxing career at the junior state competition. Ashish Kumar made his Asian Boxing Championships debut in 2019 and won a Silver in the 75kg Middleweight category held in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2020, Ashish qualified for his debut Olympics at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after he reached the semi-finals of the 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Amman, Jordan.
Satish Kumar (91kg)
Satish Kumar from Bulandshahr began boxing in 2009, a year after joining the Indian army. He won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon in the super heavyweight category. In 2018 he was presented with the Arjuna Award by the government of India
He secured a spot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo through his bronze medal win in the super-heavyweight category at the 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Amman, Jordan. Satish will be the first Indian boxer to compete in the super-heavyweight category at the Olympic Games.
Manish Kaushik (63kg)
Manish Kaushik hails from Devsar village of Haryana’s Bhiwani district. Manish Kaushik’s boxing career took off after he won medals at state-level competitions. After joining the Indian Army, he began boxing for the Service camp. His boxing talent was spotted by the senior coach of Service camp Narender Rana and took him under his wings.
Manish won a Silver medal in the lightweight event in the 2018 Commonwealth games and In 2019, Manish won a Bronze medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships held in Russia. He will be representing India at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. He secured the Olympics ticket at the 2020 Asian Qualifiers.
Mary Kom (51kg)
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is among one of the most fascinating athletes in India. Mary Kom has won a medal at all eight AIBA World Boxing Championships since its inception in 2001 (six golds, a silver, and a bronze, most recently in 2019). She has also achieved the no.1 ranking in the AIBA world rankings for a flyweight. She competed at the London 2012 Olympics, winning a bronze medal. She is also the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (2014) and at the Commonwealth Games (2018).
Simranjit Kaur (60kg)
Simranjit Kaur’s first breakthrough came in 2011 when she won a Bronze medal at the 6th Junior Women National Boxing Championship held in Patiala. The boxer from Punjab went to represent India at the 2013 Youth World Championship and won the bronze medal in the 60Kg category.
The world bronze-medalist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) stunned second seed Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia 5-0 in the Asian qualifiers to secure her maiden Olympic berth.
Lovlina Borgohain (69kg)
Lovlina Borgohain comes from the Golaghat district in Assam. Lovlina was inspired by her siblings and from there she started boxing. Lovlina Borgohain shot to fame with a bronze medal at the 2017 Asian Boxing Championships in the Women’s Welterweight category. Her third-place finish at the President’s Cup at Astana, Kazakhstan announced Lovlina’s arrival on the world stage.
Lovlina will be competing in the Women’s 69kg Welterweight category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Pooja Rani (75kg)
Pooja Rani Boora is a middleweight boxer and hails from Nimriwali village of Haryana state’s Bhiwani district, considered to be the sport’s cradle in India. She won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in the 75 kg category. Further, she won the gold medal in the South Asian Games 2016. She also won Silver (2012) and Bronze (2015) in Asian Championship 75 kg weight categories.
Pooja Rani represented India at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 in the 75 kg category. In 2016, she failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics. But, In 2020 She was the first Indian to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics.