NEW DELHI, Dec 17: Amit Panghal (52kg) stormed into the final after three other Indian boxers were assured of medals at the World Cup in Cologne, Germany on Thursday even as a positive COVID-19 case among the support staff caused some anxiety in the contingent.
Asian Games champion Panghal defeated Frenchman Billal Bennama, a bronze-medallist from the world championship where the Indian won a silver, in his semifinal bout. The diminutive Haryana lad prevailed 5-0 in the clash.
Earlier, three Indian women were also assured of medals after finding themselves in semifinals when draws were unveiled.
Pooja Rani (75kg), Manisha (57kg) and Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) made the last four due to the small size of their respective draws.
The team was hit by a positive COVID-19 case in a support staff member. � PTI