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Dubai Asian Boxing: So Far No Visas for 20-member Indian Team

Representative image for boxing (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Representative image for boxing (Photo Credit: Reuters)

India's 20-member team hasn't got visas, casting doubt over their participation in the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai.

India’s participation in this month’s Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai looks doubtful as its 20-member team hasn’t got the visas, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) secretary said on Monday.

The competition is scheduled to start on May 21. The Indian team includes 10 women boxers.

“The Indian men and women’s boxing teams haven’t got visas to travel to Dubai. We are, however, trying our level best to send the teams," BFI secretary Hemanta Kalita told IANS.

Originally, New Delhi to host the continental competition, but last month the Asian Boxing Confederation shifted the tournament to Dubai because of the raging Covid pandemic in India, particularly in Delhi.

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With Covid-19 crisis deepening in India it is unlikely the BFI will send even its staff to officiate in the Asian meet.

“Since we were co-host it was planned to send officials to Dubai, but not now. The situation is scary and I doubt any Indian official would like to go," said Kalita.

The men’s team is training in Patiala’s National Institute of Sports while the women’s camp started on May 5 at Army Sports Institute in Pune.

The BFI had shortlisted 10 elite women boxers for the Pune camp, but only five had joined until a few days ago.

Nine boxers, including four women, have qualified for the Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on July 23 in Tokyo.

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first published:May 17, 2021, 17:48 IST