Indian set for Youth World Championships

New Delhi: Aiming to better the one gold and one silver clinched in the previous edition, a 10-member Indian boxing team of teenagers will take off early on Sunday morning for the third World Youth Championships starting November 25 in Yerevan, Armenia.

The entire sprightly bunch, all in the 17-18 years age bracket, will look to emulate Vikas Krishan, the gold-medallist from the 2010 edition who went on to become an Asian Games gold-winner before an Olympian in London earlier this year.

The silver-medallist from the last edition, Shiva Thapa, also went on to make a successful breakthrough at the senior level, competing in the London Olympics.

"This time, we are expecting four-five medals even though the competition is likely to be tougher with over 120 countries set to participate," national youth coach, G Manoharan said.

"The boys have trained as hard as they usually do and hopefully, the effort in training will translate into good results in the main competition," he added.

The squad: Lalitha P Prasad (49Kg), Dheeraj (52Kg), Mohammed Hussain (56Kg), Nagesh Kharare (60Kg), Deepak Tanwar (64Kg), Manjeet Singh Panghal (69Kg), Sandeep (75kg), Naveen Kumar (81kg), Amrit Preet Singh (91kg), Narender (+91kg).

Head Coach: G Manoharan

Coaches: Lalit Prasad, Suresh Bhettan and Biji Lal.