Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

Boxing off to stormy start at National Games

By The Assam Tribune
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb 6 (PTI): The controversy-ridden boxing competition of the 35th National Games was off to a stormy start today with the participating teams alleging that �ill-equipped� organisers were using the old pattern of scoring and threatening those who protest against the move.

Competition Director Narendra More said a total of 27 teams and the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) � adding up to 127 men and 55 women � have registered for the competition, which kicked off in Thrissur today.

The boxing event was under a cloud from the very beginning after the sport�s new governing body � Boxing India � threatened to ban the pugilists and officials participating in the National Games. BI had stated that the decision was forced by the Indian Olympic Association�s refusal to grant recognition to it.

�The teams are here, the competition is on but it is a total mess. They don�t have the software to implement the new scoring system, so they have decided to go with the old pattern. Some teams have already protested against a move for which they were not prepared at all. They have demanded that in case the old system is used, boxers should be allowed to use the headguards as well,� an official of a participating team told PTI.

The old pattern of scoring fetched points for every connected punch but the new format is more subjective with boxers, who are no longer allowed headguards, being rewarded for overall ring craft besides the number of blows.

�Even the technical officials are not well versed with the new format of scoring. 70 per cent of them have no clue what is the pattern now. Moreover, how can the boxers be expected to suddenly revert to the old system after training in the new pattern?� asked another team official.

But when contacted, More claimed that the norms set by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) are being followed in letter and spirit.

�The scoring system is as per the AIBA norms,� he claimed.

But despite the �shock�, the teams will not pull out and continue to participate.

�There won�t be pullouts now, it�s too late and the teams would compete even though it is grossly unfair,� another official of one of the participating teams said.

Meanwhile, things turned ugly for Kerala�s 56kg boxer Anzal TM, who was allegedly manhandled during the weigh-in by a boxer from a rival faction of the state body.

More in Entertainment
Next Story
Similar Posts
Boxing off to stormy start at National Games

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb 6 (PTI): The controversy-ridden boxing competition of the 35th National Games was off to a stormy start today with the participating teams alleging that �ill-equipped� organisers were using the old pattern of scoring and threatening those who protest against the move.

Competition Director Narendra More said a total of 27 teams and the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) � adding up to 127 men and 55 women � have registered for the competition, which kicked off in Thrissur today.

The boxing event was under a cloud from the very beginning after the sport�s new governing body � Boxing India � threatened to ban the pugilists and officials participating in the National Games. BI had stated that the decision was forced by the Indian Olympic Association�s refusal to grant recognition to it.

�The teams are here, the competition is on but it is a total mess. They don�t have the software to implement the new scoring system, so they have decided to go with the old pattern. Some teams have already protested against a move for which they were not prepared at all. They have demanded that in case the old system is used, boxers should be allowed to use the headguards as well,� an official of a participating team told PTI.

The old pattern of scoring fetched points for every connected punch but the new format is more subjective with boxers, who are no longer allowed headguards, being rewarded for overall ring craft besides the number of blows.

�Even the technical officials are not well versed with the new format of scoring. 70 per cent of them have no clue what is the pattern now. Moreover, how can the boxers be expected to suddenly revert to the old system after training in the new pattern?� asked another team official.

But when contacted, More claimed that the norms set by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) are being followed in letter and spirit.

�The scoring system is as per the AIBA norms,� he claimed.

But despite the �shock�, the teams will not pull out and continue to participate.

�There won�t be pullouts now, it�s too late and the teams would compete even though it is grossly unfair,� another official of one of the participating teams said.

Meanwhile, things turned ugly for Kerala�s 56kg boxer Anzal TM, who was allegedly manhandled during the weigh-in by a boxer from a rival faction of the state body.

More in Entertainment
Similar Posts