Pandemic forces BFI to postpone 3 days of national selection test

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has postponed the national selection tests scheduled for February 10-12 because the boxers were not adequately prepared due to the pandemic. According to Hemanta Kumar Kalita, general secretary of the BFI, a number of boxers were quarantined in early January because of COVID-19 symptoms.

The elite men’s and women’s boxing camp was conducted in the first week of January in preparation for major international competitions and will continue until the first week of March.

The national trials will go ahead as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) wants the name of the national boxing team for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in July.

“As the IOA has agreed to move the February 28 deadline to compete at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the BFI has also postponed the trials until further notice,” Kalita explained to Sportskeeda today. Thursday.

The BFI has selected 60 of the most elite men to participate in the national camp underway at the National Institute of Sports of Patiala.

While the men’s national camp is being held in Patiala, the elite national women’s boxing camp is underway at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Sports Complex in New Delhi. Two female boxers at the camp in Delhi have also tested positive.

Of the 60 boxers shortlisted to attend the national camp, nearly half tested positive for COVID-19. National head coach Narendra Rana and national boxing camp coordinator CA Kuttappa are among half a dozen coaching staff who have shown symptoms of COVID-19. The coaching staff has been quarantined for a week.

“The BFI should be aware of some cases of COVID-19 in the camp,” a boxer at the camp told Sportskeeda on condition of anonymity. “It takes time to recover and return to normal training.”

Kalita said they are aware of the problems boxers face due to the pandemic. The BFI will soon announce new dates for the national tests.

“We will notify the boxers at least 15 days in advance so that they can best prepare physically and mentally during the national competition,” added Mr. Kalita.

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee Pandemic forces BFI to postpone 3 days of national selection test


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