NEW DELHI, June 6: Having pioneered online classes for boxers in association with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) during lockdown, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has taken yet another step forward by involving parents of junior boxers in the E-pathshala programme.
Through the innovative Online Athletes Coaching & Education Programme (ACEP) in Boxing � Youth, Junior and Sub-Junior Men and Women � which has been going on for a month, BFI educated the next generation pugilists and their parents as a part of the ongoing Khelo India initiative.
Since parents play an integral role in the decision-making of the rising stars and in their attempt to pursue a sport at a higher level, educating parents has been a big boost to the sport�s future in India.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Sandip Pradhan DG SAI, BFI President Ajay Singh and 6 times World Champion Mary Kom were present along with other top officials for the online interaction with the young stars where more than 500 boxers from the remotest corners of India tuned in.
�Our young boxers are lucky because we never had the best boxing practices coming to our door and with parents also taking part in such daily fitness activities, the boxers have a strong backing in their pursuit of the sport. I really enjoyed the feedback of the young boxers and their parents and I am hopeful of seeing these young stars shine in the future. I would like to compliment BFI and SAI for coming together and giving a new direction to our young boxers. I thank Ajay Singh and his team for transforming the status of boxing in India,� Rijiju said. � IANS