NEW DELHI, Jan 30: World Championship bronze-winner Shiva Thapa (60kg), veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg) and former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) will spearhead a 15-strong Indian mixed team in the 68th International Boxing tournament for men and women in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The men�s team comprises 10 members, while the women�s team is five-strong for the tournament starting February 20.
The women�s team is headlined by former junior champion Nikhat (51kg).
The 15 boxers will be sent to Bulgaria a good 10 days before the competition to facilitate their training and acclimatisation.
The men�s team features the 10 national champions, who were crowned in Guwahati last month, which means Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (52kg) has missed out as he had won a silver medal at the event.
For Shiva and Manoj, it will be their maiden international competition since jumping weight divisions from bantamweight (56kg) and light welterweight (64kg) respectively.
Women: Nikhat Zareen (51kg), M Meena Kumari (54kg), Preeti Beniwal (60kg), Jyoti (64kg) and Monica Saun (75kg).
Men: Amit Kumar (49kg), Deepak Singh (52kg), Mohammad Hussamuddin (56kg, Shiva Thapa (60kg), Thomas Meitei (64kg), Manoj Kumar (69kg), Jaideep (75kg), Manish Panwar (81kg), Gaurav (91kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg). � PTI