Lakra`s participation in CWG bleak due to ligament injury

Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 21:51 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Bronze medalist of the 2005 Commonwealth Championship, Anthresh Lalit Lakra’s chances to represent the country in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games at Delhi was bleak due to the ligament injury he suffered at the conditioning camp at Patiala few months ago.

"I had suffered an injury in the knee during the conditioning camp for the CWG at Patiala four months ago and not fully fit," Lakra, who had also won a bronze in World Cup Boxing Championship in 2008, told reporters.

Asked whether he could be in shape to be in the ring for the CWG beginning in the first week of October in Delhi, Lakra said "he was not certain as the doctor told him that he needed couple of months to become fully fit."

"I left the camp about two months ago after informing the concerned authorities. I am undergoing treatment at Mumbai and am not sure whether I will be fit by the time CWG begins," he said adding that he was practicing here under the tutelage his father, who was the coach of Indian squad for training camp at Cuba in 2003.

Lakra, an Officer in the Indian Navy posted at Mumbai, had won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Championship in 57 kg weight category boxing event in England.

"Yes, I have already intimated it to the Officials of the Indian Boxing Federation as well as my employers," Lakra said when asked whether the injury was in the knowledge of the concerned officials.