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Indian junior boxers excel in Turkey
UNI | Monday, 26 July 2010 AT 11:24 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian junior boxers produced some impressive performances in their maiden international assignment as they clinched a couple of gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the 25th Ahmed Comert Cup in Istanbul, Turkey.


The eight boxers, who arrived here this morning from the tournament which was previously a girl-only event, registered wins against rivals from traditional powerhouses like Russia and Uzbekistan to claim the four individual medals. The team also finished fourth in the overall standings.


The gold medallists for India were Nambala Govardhan (57kg) and Dheeraj Kumar (52kg), while Surender Kumar Singh (50kg) settled for a silver and Gurleen Singh (63kg) managed to bring home a bronze after losing in the semifinals.


However, the quartet of Shyam Kumar (46kg), Arjun Singh (48kg), Lokesh (60kg) and David Singh (54kg) failed to fetch any medal though the tour added to their experience.


All the boys, who are in the age group of 15 to 16, draw their inspiration from the controversial Tyson, with Govardhan saying that anyone would love to emulate the boxing icon.


“He (Tyson) might be controversial but then nobody can question his bowing prowess. He is the kind of boxer one would want to emulate as far as technique goes,” added the triumphant pugilist.


MS Dhaka, the Indian junior team coach, who has been coaching them since 1998, was delighted over his wards’ performances, saying that they did exceptionally well considering that they were heading out of the country for the first time and were faced with quality competition.


“I told these boys just box well and not worry about results. They showed tremendous character in not getting overawed by their more fancied rivals. The medals are actually a bonus, all I wanted was a good performance which all of them gave me,” Dhaka said.


Dhaka stressed that international exposure was vital for a boxer’s growth and hoped that the federation would work towards bringing tournaments like the Ahmed Comert Cup to India in the near future.

 “Participating in international tournaments is important for the development of a boxer,” he said.


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