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Boxing's national observer Akhil Kumar enrolls for coaching course at NIS

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian boxing's national observer

is all set to foray into coaching and has enrolled for a one-year diploma course at the in Patiala.

The 2006 gold-medallist, who has also tried his hand at professional some months back, will start the course on July 11. He is also a serving in the but has been granted permission to pursue the one-year course.

"Even when I was an active boxer, I had mentored some juniors and by completing this course, I would be certified. I am grateful to DGP Baljit Singh Sandhu for permission to undertake this course," told

The 37-year-old has been among India's top performers in the ring, having won medals at the Asian and Commonwealth championships besides making the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing after a memorable win over the then world champion

The maverick enjoyed a rockstar image in his amateur days thanks largely to a and is currently the national observer for the sport, tasked with the job of giving progress reports and monitoring selections.

The boxers he has mentored while being an active competitor include quarterfinalist and Asian bronze-medallist Jitender Kumar, and silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra among others.

"Akhil bhai has loads of experience to offer. He has been such an avid student of the game and he gets deeply involved when it comes to mentoring. It will be nice to have a proven Indian performer as a coach," said former CWG gold-medallist Suranjoy Singh.

Suranjoy had been roped in as an assistant in the national camp but left the stint due to personal reasons.

"It's important to have a strong Indian presence in the coaching circuit. And who better than Akhil bhai," added another

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 12:20 IST