Boxing body head praises Indian boxers

Boxing body head praises Indian boxers

New Delhi: The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has lavished praise on Indian pugilists for their unprecedented haul of three gold and four bronze medals at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, saying the performance was “absolutely outstanding".

Aiba president Ching-Kuo Wu, who was in the Indian capital during the Games to witness the boxing competition, said he was impressed with what he saw of India both inside and outside the ring.

“It was very pleasant to see that the performance from the Indian boxers was absolutely outstanding," Dr Wu said in a letter of appreciation to the Indian Boxing Federation.

Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) were the gold-medallists for India, while star attraction Vijender Singh (75kg), Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dilbag Singh (69kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing in the semifinals.

This was India’s best-ever medal haul at the Games, two better then the previous edition in Melbourne where the country fetched just one gold.

Dr Wu also lauded the organisation of the Games, the build-up to which had been marred by various controversies.

“I would like to congratulate you that the Commonwealth Games in India is now ended with success. I was very impressed by the preparation for the boxing competitions and the venue which was professionally equipped," he said.

The Aiba boss said the turnout of fans at the boxing venue was also impressive. Boxing was one of the hit events at the Games with all days of the competition being sellout in the 2700-capacity Talkatora Stadium.