Boxer Shyam Kumar clinches gold medal in Thailand

Sudipta Biswas
This was the second Gold medal for Shyam Kumar at Thailand International Tournament as he won the first Gold in 2015.

Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar clinched a gold medal in 49kg competition at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok without even fighting a single bout in the ring on Saturday.

His opponent in the final Hasanboy Dusmatov pulled out himself due to an injury; as a result, Shyam won the Gold medal at the event. This was the second Gold medal for Shyam at Thailand International Tournament as he won the first Gold in 2015.

Earlier, Rohit Tokas (64kg) had lost in the semi-finals and settled for a bronze medal. Incidentally, Rohit had won the bronze medal in the 2015 edition as well. India, thus, finished the tournament with two medals. Also read: Teenage amateur boxer collapses and dies during bout

Boxing Federation of India (BFI) sent a seven members team for the event.  Among them, four boxers lost the first around.

The news came on the same day, when IOA granted BFI affiliation, ending a long-standing impasse between the two sporting bodies which started in September 2016.  Also read: Sweden’s Santiago Nieva to be India’s new boxing coach

The affiliation ended a standoff between IOA and BFI. BFI took charge of the sport after elections which conducted in the presence of International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Sports Ministry observers.