Nanao to spearhead Indian challenge in Armenia boxing

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 23:11 PM IST

New Delhi: Asian Games silver medallist Nanao
Singh will lead a 10-member Indian team in an international
boxing tournament, scheduled to be held in Yerevan, Armenia
from April 11-17.

This is the first international competition for the
Indian boxers since the Guangzhou Asian Games last November,
and the meet will also mark the beginning of the first phase
of Indian Boxing Federation`s preparation and groundwork for
next year`s London Olympics.

Services Sports Control Board (SSCB`s) Nanao (49kg
category), who suffered a hand injury last year, staged a
stunning comeback to win the gold medal in the last National
Games in Jamshedpur.

Besides the Manipur pugilist, the team also features
Sunil Kumar (52kg) and MB Lakra (56kg), gold medallists in

Other boxers competing in the tournament are Sandeep
(60kg), Rakesh Kalaskar (64kg), Amit Kakri (69kg), J S Patel
(75kg), Sumit Singh (81kg), Parveen Kumar (91kg) and Arun
Kumar (91kg).

"The competition is going to be very strong but we are
hopeful of a good feedback. Medals are not our priority at
this point, long-term goals and to get good learning from this
tournament is what we are looking at," said national coach
Gurbux Singh Sandhu.

The tournament, organised by the National Olympic
Committee of Armenia, will feature 18 countries including
Russia, Spain, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Israel.