GUWAHATI, May 16 - At a time when inclusion of boxing in the Tokyo Olympics still remain uncertain, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) executive director RK Sacheti is quite optimistic regarding the sport featuring in the biggest sporting spectacle to be held next year.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to deliver its verdict on May 22 on whether to allow amateur boxing�s world body � AIBA to organise the Olympic competition.
�If you can recall, the IOC president in Sydney has already mentioned that boxing will be there. Only what they are looking is the management part for which the IOC will decide on May 22 in the executive board meeting. But he has clearly said that boxing will be there. So, we are hopeful that boxing is happening in Tokyo 2020,� Sacheti added.
The IOC has frozen boxing�s preparations for next year�s Games as it seeks proof that the AIBA has cleaned up its act sufficiently after allegations of bout-fixing at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The inquiry also covers AIBA governance and its anti-doping programme.
On the other hand BFI is aiming high from the second edition of India Open Boxing tournament which gets underway here from May 20. Sacheti said that they are also sending the Indian pugilists for special training programme in Europe.
�Our coaches Santiago Nieva and Raffaele Bergamasco have been doing fantastic work and they are working hard. Apart from the training, we are getting good competitions which help the players to assess themselves. Right now our main focus is the India Open where we have four teams,� he said.
�Our team is going to Italy and then Ireland for combined training programme. Apart from that, we also have an event lined up in Romania before the World Championships. So, that way, we are moving ahead,� he added.