Mary Kom, other women boxers to train at ASI Pune for Olympics

India's Mary Kom and two other Olympic-bound Indian boxers will train at the Army Sports Institute in Pune after the national camp in Delhi had to be disbanded.

Six-time world champion, M. C. Mary Kom. - PTI

The National elite women’s boxing camp has been shifted from Delhi to Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital.

Olympic-bound boxers, M.C. Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), have been named among the 10 boxers who will attend the camp till July 31, according to a statement from the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Wednesday.

Jamuna Boro (54kg), a World championships medallist in 2019, made a comeback following a long injury layoff.

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World youth champion Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), Worlds silver medallist Manju Rani (48kg), former Worlds medallist Sonia Lather and Jasmine (both 57kg), Lalbuatsaihi and Shashi Chopra (both 64kg) will be part of the camp.

Pooja Rani (75kg), another boxer who has qualified for the Olympics, has been training at the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS), Vijayanagara. She will continue to train at the facility.

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The camp will be conducted with a secure training module with boxers, their respective sparring partners and coaches divided into three different groups. They will train within their groups at different scheduled times.

“Considering safety of boxers, coaches and support staff, we have created a training plan in separate clusters to minimise the risk. These are tough times, we have to be careful but we also have a job at hand,” said BFI secretary Hemanta Kalita.

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