Paris '24 qualification tourneys: REC hosts BFI training camp

Rural Electrification Corporation

NEW DELHI: In a major boost to the preparations of 2024 Paris Olympic Games, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), in collaboration with the Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC), has been organising an elite multinational training camp at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in Patiala. 

A 13-day dynamic camp, which began on January 29 and will go on till February 10, has been hosted with an aim to give the boxers much-needed international exposure ahead of the crucial Olympics qualifiers. 

Parveen (57kg), the Asian Games and World Championships 2022 bronze medallist & men's World Championships bronze medallists Deepak Bhoria (51kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) and Nishant Dev (71kg) are among 30 Indian boxers, including 13 female, who are part of the camp which also features seven male and five female boxers from England. Subsequently four male boxers from Russia will also be part of the camp. 

The multinational camp offers a platform for Indian pugilists to prepare for the Olympic Games qualification tournaments as they will work on sharpening their skills while training alongside international boxers. 

The reigning national champions Anamika (50kg), Sonia Lather (57kg), Jasmine (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) are the other Indian women boxers participating in the camp. Among men, the 2022 Asian Games bronze medallist Narender (92+kg) and reigning national champions Shiva Thapa (63.5kg), Lakshya Chahar (80kg) and Sanjeet (92kg) are part of the camp. 

Besides the multinational camp, BFI, in association with REC, has been also organising open talent hunt programmes to discover and nurture India’s next boxing heroes. The Southern Open Talent Hunt Programme will be held at the Sri Jayaprakash Narayan National Youth Training Centre in Bengaluru from February 2 to 18.