Mary Kom, Amit Panghal One of 10 boxers in TOPS Plot

Mary Kom, Amit Panghal One of 10 boxers in TOPS Plot

India has thus far won two Olympic medals in boxing — Vijender Singh won the bronze in 2008 Beijing Games while Mary Kom won the bronze in 2012 London Games. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Mission Olympic Mobile has included 10 fighters at the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

India has thus far won two Olympic medals in boxing — Vijender Singh won the bronze in 2008 Beijing Games while Mary Kom won the bronze in 2012 London Games.

In a meeting held on Wednesday chaired by SAI DG Sandip Pradhan, the athletes were selected on the basis of these parameters — global performance trends from latest Olympic Games, World Championships, Asian Games and Asian Championships, functionality of the competing foreign counterparts (athletes) in the past three decades, performance of Indian athletes at 2016, 2017 and 2018 and their progression graph.

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Besides the boxers, the committee has also included 22-year-old women’s 10m air pistol shot Yashaswini Singh Deswal from the TOPS scheme. Deswal won the gold in person event in the recently concluded ISSF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro and a silver in the mixed team event. Her gold medal earned India an Olympic quota in this function.

In the recent World Championships in Basel, Praneeth lost in the semifinal to become the first Indian men’s singles player in 36 years to win a trophy.

In the meeting, monetary proposals worth Rs 1.4 crore were cleared in 11 sporting areas, such as weightlifting, wrestling, shooting, archery, table tennis, athletics, badminton, tennis, para-badminton, para-archery and para-shooting.

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