India have been assured of medals with out a single blow being exchanged at boxing’s World Cup in Cologne, Germany after 4 pugilists discovered themselves in semifinals when attracts have been unveiled on Thursday at the same time as a constructive COVID-19 case among the many assist workers triggered some anxiousness in the contingent. Asian Games champion and world silver-medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) amongst males and Pooja Rani (75kg), Manisha (57kg) and Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) in the ladies’s draw will begin their campaigns in the semifinals because of the small measurement of their respective attracts.
The workforce was hit by a constructive COVID-19 case in a assist workers member. However, not one of the travelling boxers returned constructive in a contemporary spherical of testing finished after the case got here to mild. “A physio, Rohit Kashyap, has tested positive for COVID-19 however the boxers are superb. They have been examined once more and returned adverse. The physio has been remoted and is doing alright,” a supply in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) instructed PTI.
The contingent was additionally hit by health points with four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) pressured to tug out of the event resulting from minor niggles. The remainder of the workforce will compete as deliberate in the three-day occasion after which it’ll return to the nation, finishing an over a month lengthy training-cum-competition stint in Europe.
Panghal could be up towards Frenchman Billal Bennama, a bronze-medallist from the world championship the place the Indian gained a silver, in his semifinal bout in a while Thursday. In all, 4 Indian males and 5 girls are in motion at the occasion, which can function boxers from the host nation, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.