Former Vikas Krishan world championship bronze medal (69kg) and Gaurav Solanki Commonwealth Olympic gold medal (57kg) sealed their position when the Indian boxing team eight members for the event Olympic 1 qualifiers were decided at the Inspire Sports Academy on Monday.
Other people who have won the Selective Tests held in the past two days are Ashish Kumar (75kg), Sachin Kumar (81kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Satish Kumar (91 + kg).
Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) previously had a direct entry into the squad by winning a silver and bronze prize respectively from the World Championship.
In the highly competitive 57kg category, Gaurav Solanki organized his own competition to prevent the challenge of Kavinder Singh Bisht’s Asian Championship silver medal in a division sentence. Solanki showed nerves of steel as he repeated that performance through Thailand’s silver medalist Mohammed Hussamuddin in the final to confirm his berth.
Winning against Kavinder and Hussamuddin having experience in such a difficult category gives me great confidence in the Olympic Qualifiers and I will spend 100% to win a spot for India, Solanki said.
Olympian Vikas Krishan twice scored the commanding victories against Ashish Kulheria and the Duryodhan Singh Negi national medal in 69kg to continue carrying out his mission for a first Olympic medal.
The victory here has pushed me one step closer to fulfilling my dream of receiving Olympic medals for my country. I also want to thank BFI and my coaches for their continued support during my comeback, he told KRan after his victory.
At 91kg, the bronze medalist of the Commonwealth Games Naman Tanwar defeated Naveen Kumar in an even contest.
On Sunday, Ashish Kumar Asian Championships (75kg), Sachin Kumar (81kg) silver medalists and Satish Kumar Commonwealth Olympics silver medal (+ 91kg) won the final to enter the team.
Ashish barely encountered any resistance in the strong display against South Asian Olympic gold medalist Ankit Khatana to score a unanimous victory at 75kg.
While Sachin defeated Brijesh Yadav to gain the position of 81kg, Satish won by a split ruling against Narender at + 91kg.
The close matches at the tests gave a prime example of the depth of Indian boxing, now enjoying all-time peaks with consistent performances and a series of medals from elite tournaments.
The Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament will be held from February 3 to 14, 2020 in Wuhan, China.