Four boxers to represent India in International Tammer tourney

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 21:28 PM IST

New Delhi: A four-member Indian boxing team on Wednesday left for Finland to participate in the 32nd International Tammer tournament to be held in Tampere from 24 to 27.

Asian Games silver medallist V Santosh Kumar (64kg), National Games gold medallists M B Lakra (60kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and reigning National champion Madan Lal (52kg) will represent India for the first time in the 32nd edition of the tournament.

The four Indian pugilists were accompanied by coach Jagdeep Hooda, a statement from Indian Boxing Federation said.

Almost eighty boxers from 16 countries including England, France, Hungary, India, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Wales and hosts Finland will take part in the annual event being held since 1977.

National coach G S Sandhu believes participation in these tournaments will play a vital role in the development of young Indian boxers.

"Some of these boxers know that they would not be going to the Olympics (as a qualification has already been achieved in their weight category), therefore it is imperative for these boxers to keep getting match practice and be motivated by performing at such events," he said.

"It is a twofold strategy that helps boxers know that they are not just sparring partners and the tables could turn with just one good performance," Sandhu added.

PTI