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India have to grow to be chief once more in organising worldwide competitions: Santiago Nieva


“Competitors system in India is effectively behind large boxing international locations and it must seize the momentum again,” says outgoing Excessive Efficiency Director Santiago Nieva, whose stint with India produced many outcomes however the nation’s lacklustre present on the Tokyo Video games left him a tad disenchanted.

The Swede strongly believes that the “missed medals” in Tokyo Video games could be a certainty on the Paris Olympics if the fitting strikes are made.

The encouraging outcomes from the Indian boxers in run as much as the Tokyo Video games construct the hype however the pugilists didn’t reside as much as expectations as solely Lovlina Borgohain returned with a medal.

“The most important (remorse) of all was the Tokyo Olympics. We focused extra medals. I do know that our workforce was higher than the end result. Not getting medals within the males’s part was a disappointment,” Nieva advised PTI.

“We’re in place now. The medals that we didn’t win in Tokyo ought to are available 2024 however we have to work and enhance in sure areas.” In a shock determination, Nieva determined to finish his five-year stint with the Indian Boxing as he accepted a proposal from Boxing Australia. He bids Indian boxing adieu having helped delivered spectacular outcomes. Amit Panghal received a silver on the 2019 males’s World Championships and nation had its highest-ever participation on the Tokyo Video games.

“I take a look at the massive image and I’m proud of my time right here, I used to be a part of a number of best-ever leads to large competitions. It was an incredible expertise.” Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, India hosted a spread of occasions and Nieva feels it’s crucial that the nation begins organising tournaments as soon as once more.

This may appeal to high pugilists from internationally and the Indian boxers would thus now not be depending on travelling overseas for coaching.

“Competitors system in India is effectively behind the massive boxing international locations. We began combat nights however with the pandemic we’re slightly behind and that is one thing we have to get again on monitor.

“Within the first few years I used to be right here we had the India Open event. We had a workforce, the Indian Tigers in world sequence, we began the Huge Bout League and we had been organising the youth championships for women and girls so we had been in nice momentum.

“We have to get again to the identical mentality and once more be a frontrunner in organising worldwide competitions and never rely upon having to go overseas for competitors and coaching. We would like different international locations to come back to India.” Nieva says for Indian boxers to battle with one of the best within the enterprise, the infrastructure supplied to them ought to be at par with that of high international locations.

“We wish to be one of the best on the planet. We aren’t happy with being quantity 5 or 10. If we’re evaluating ourselves to one of the best we want infrastructure like them, if not higher.

“And whereas India has come a great distance up to now 5 years, there’s nonetheless room for enchancment. Our coaching centres, excessive efficiency centres within the states, there’s a lot that may be improved infrastructure sensible and it has improved from 2017.

“In Patiala, the boxing corridor has modified a lot since I bought right here. It has doubled in dimension, has new and higher equipments. It’s a excessive efficiency centre now. However nonetheless there’s good room of enchancment. Since final yr issues have improved and within the subsequent 2-3 years it is going to be method higher than they’re now. We’re constructing system.” Regardless of the underwhelming marketing campaign in Tokyo, Nieva is optimistic of present on the Commonwealth Video games later this yr.

He feels the Indian boxers must up the ante for the postponed Asian Video games, which is able to see participation from boxing powerhouses like Uzbekistan and Philippines amongst others.

“India has nice expertise, I’m anticipating an amazing efficiency within the Commonwealth Video games. Final time there have been three gold medals there’s good likelihood we’ll get extra this time, the boxers are stronger than they had been in 2018.

“However Asian Video games is a special story as a result of they might want to get their high sport.”



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