Stardom will not work: BFI strict on Commonwealth Games trials
Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is in no mood to let pugilists go to this year's Commonwealth Games based on their stardom or past performances. They will have to prove their worth to get the ticket of Gold Coast, BFI secretary general Jay Kowli told Mail Today on Wednesday.
"It is not like you hit a century in one match and your place is secured or you are a star player. The boxers will have to prove their worth consecutively. We don't want to take any chance and our aim is to place a genuine medal prospect team for the Commonwealth Games and also for the future events (Asian Games)," Kowli stressed.
Mail Today has learnt on Wednesday that India will not be fielding male boxers in the 64kg and 81kg categories, along with a couple of women's divisions - 57kg and 75kg - in Gold Coast, the trials for which is likely to be held on February 28 and March 1 in Patiala.
Sources said that India would be fielding an eight-strong men's squad (49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 69kg, 75kg, 91,kg,+91kg) and four-member women's team (48kg, 51kg, 60kg and 69kg) for the Games to be held from April 4 to 15.
Asked about the reason behind dropping weight categories including Sonia Lather's 57kg category, Kowli said, "It is not like we have dropped them, we will give everybody a fair chance after the team returns from Bulgaria. We will sit and discuss the future prospects. We had decided that one trial alone would not be the criteria and we are assessing each boxer's performance in every tournament."
Meanwhile, Sonia, who is a World and Asian silver medallist, refused to comment on the matter. Sonia's recent performance is under the watch as she failed in last month's India Open here and even bowed out in the early rounds of the ongoing Strandja Memorial.
The deadline to submit the final squad for the CWG is March 5. The men's and women's teams are currently in Bulgaria, competing in the ongoing Strandja Memorial Tournament.
India are 12th in the all-time CWG medal list of boxing, having won five gold, nine silver and 14 bronze. The country first won a boxing gold at the quadrennial event in 2002 through Mohammed Ali Qamar.