Boxing camp likely to resume from June 10 in Patiala

BFI president Ajay Singh said officials and coaches put together a master plan that ensured all the Olympic qualified boxers and probables were connected digitally during the lockdown.

BFI president Ajay Singh said the federation tried to keep the boxers in good physical and mental shape through online workshops and training.   -  Kamal Narang

Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has taken initiatives to resume the National camp from June 10.

“We had a detailed discussion with our boxers and coaching staff last week. After their unanimous willingness to start the training process, we have proposed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to start the camps for both Olympics qualified athletes as well as men and women boxers of the remaining categories in Patiala from June 10,” BFI president Ajay Singh told Sportstar.

Ajay Singh said the federation tried to keep the boxers in good physical and mental shape. “My colleagues in BFI and the coaches put together a master plan that ensured all the Olympic qualified boxers along with the probables were connected digitally from their home and online classes were initiated.

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“I spoke to each one of them to understand the challenges. Maintaining weight was a problem for some and mental wellness and diet were some of the key challenges. Due to home training, most of the boxers faced a roadblock as they did not have the right equipment at home. However, this issue was immediately resolved by the SAI as new sets of equipment were delivered at most of the boxers’ houses.”

The BFI chief said a team of officials and support staff closely monitored the athletes. “BFI also ensured that a specific monitoring system was implemented and online coaching was seamlessly introduced so that boxers could resume training and maintain the level of fitness that is necessary for elite athletes even when they are at home... Customised diet charts were made available along with follow-up calls to track the progress,” said Ajay Singh.

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