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Boxing season starts: Amit Panghal aims 2nd successive gold at Strandja Memorial

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A busy international calendar unfolds for Indian from Thursday with the 70th Tournament in Sofia, where gold-medallist (49kg) will be eyeing a second successive top finish.

will have a 19-strong representation, 10 of them women, in the annual showpiece of the European calendar which gets underway following a draw on Thursday morning.

Amit has not competed after picking up India's sole gold at the Asiad in

gold-medallist (52kg), who won a silver at this event last year, will be aiming for a better finish on the podium this time around.

The 2017 World Championships bronze-medallist (56kg), on the other hand, will be seeking a strong return to top-flight competition after recovering from a back that kept him out of action for most of the last year.

In the women's team, former world silver-medallist (57kg) would be eager to put behind a disappointing 2018, during which she ended medal-less at the

Also there in the squad are former CWG bronze-medallist Pinki Rani (51kg) and world bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg). Missing from the line-up is the celebrated MC Mary Kom, who won a silver in 48kg category in the last edition.

The Indian contingent had clinched its best ever medal haul of 11 in the last edition of

After this, will compete in

at Chabahar city of from February 22 to 28.

The team for this tournament features silver-medallist (60kg) and Open gold-medallist Sanjeet (91kg).

Close on the heels will be the 38th Tournament at Helsinki, from March 7 to 10.

The squad for this tournament comprises, among others, former Asian champion and world bronze-medallist (60kg), former youth world champion (52kg) and former Asian silver-medallist (91kg).

All the three boxers would be eyeing strong performances after a lacklustre 2018 during which they endured mixed results.

The performances of the male boxers in these three tournaments will be crucial to their chances of making the squad for the Asian Championships, which will be held in April.

The Teams:

Strandja at Sofia, from Feb 13-20:

Women: (48Kg), Pinki Rani (51kg), Nikhat Zareen (51kg), (54kg),

(57kg), Neeraj (60kg), Pwilao Basumatary(64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Neetu (75kg), Nupur (75kg).

Men: (49kg), (52kg), (56kg), Ankush Dahiya (60kg), Ashish (64kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg), (75kg), Harsh Lakra (81kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg).

at Chabahar city, from Feb 22-28:

Men: Deepak (49kg), Lalitha (52kg), Madan Lal (56kg), (60kg), (64kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Manjeet Singh Panghal (75kg), (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg), (+91kg).

38th Boxing Tournament at Helsinki, from March, 7 to 10.

Men: Govind Kumar Sahani (49kg), Sachin (52kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg), (60kg), Ankit Khatana (64kg), Dinesh (69kg), Prayag Chauhan (75kg), Sanjay (81kg), (91kg), Naveen Kumar


Women: Preeti Beniwal (60kg), Pooja (69kg).

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 13:35 IST