Kavinder Bisht qualifies for World Championships

Bisht was up against Malaysia’s Salam Abdul Kasim but got a walkover.

With Bisht, India now has five boxers confirmed for the World Championships.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Indian boxer Kavinder Singh Bisht (52kg) qualified for the World Championships after getting a walkover in his box-off at the Asian Championships here today.

Bisht was up against Malaysia’s Salam Abdul Kasim but got a walkover on Sunday morning.

Top six boxers from each weight category in the Asian event will qualify for the World Championships in Germany scheduled from August 25.

Bisht had lost in the quarter-finals of the ongoing event.

With Bisht, India now has five boxers confirmed for the World Championships. The others to have qualified are the bronze medal winning duo of Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Amit Phangal (49kg) and silver-medallists Shiva Thapa (60kg) and Sumit Sangwan (91kg).

India’s medal count stands at four in the current edition, similar to 2015 even though the medals won were one silver and three bronze in that year.