India has sent five boxers to the exciting Olympic Test Event at the ExCeL in London which begins Thu 24 November. The Indian team boasts within its ranks five-time AIBA Women World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom who will be competing in the Flyweight division. The ExCeL will be the venue which hosts boxing during London 2012.
Mary Kom is a living legend among the female fighters and has fought at each of the six AIBA Women's World Championships, winning each time but for 2001. She originally competed in the Pinweight category moved up to Flyweight in search of Olympic glory.
Former National Youth Champion Pooja Rani secured a gold medal at the Indian National Games in February and dominated some of her more experienced rivals in several other tournaments. The talented 20-year-old Middleweight boxer claimed a silver medal at the Arafura Games in May and achieved the same result at the 12th Indian Women's National Championships a month ago.
India's big male hope is AIBA Youth World Champion Vikas Krishan Yadav who won the gold medal at the last edition of the Asian Games in Guangzhou where he made his debut among the elite fighters. The 19-year-old super talented boxer moved up two categories to welterweight this year and demonstrated his magnificent skills at the 16th AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku where he claimed an excellent bronze medal. He is now considered a gold medal contender for the upcoming Olympic Games. He will however be first targeting the top of the podium at the ExCeL.
25-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amandeep Singh secured silver at the Asian Championships in August but despite his best efforts he was unable to attend the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku following his loss against Laishram Devendro Singh in the Indian trials. Amandeep can now showcase his skills in London where he stands a good chance of reaching at least a medal position in the Light Flyweight category.
Beijing Olympian and AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist Dinesh Kumar reached a career highlight at the Asian Games in Guangzhou where he earned himself a silver medal. He was unable to secure an Olympic quota position at the AIBA World Championships in Baku; however he will use the Test Event as preparation before the Light Heavyweight boxer looks to qualify for London via the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament next year.
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