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Shiva�s Olympic chances bright: Coach

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 14 � Indian boxing coach Ramanand Rajbhar sincere believes that Assam boxer Shiva Thapa has every possibility to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Ramanand, who is in the city, while interacting with mediapersons said today that, Asia still has five berths in the 56 kg category and the final Asian qualifying championship will be held at Asthana in Tazakistan in March or April next year. If Shiva is selected for the championship, it is almost certain that he will earn a ticket to London. Already four Indian boxers � Devendro Singh, Monoj Kumar, Jai Bhagawan and Bikash Krishan � have earned berths for the London Olympics.

On Shiva, his coach, who won several international and national medals during his playing days, said, �As the Assam boxer is still young he has a bright future ahead of him. His playing style and reading capacity of the opponent is tremendous. But he should develop mental toughness and should be able to recover quickly from injuries.�

The Indian coach revealed that now India has made tremendous improvement in this game and boxers from across the world take Indian boxers very seriously. Young boxers like Bikash Krishan, Dinesh Kumar have been able to make a mark at the world level and have a bright opportunity to win medals in the Olympics, said Ramanand.

When asked why Shiva was not picked for the Baku championship, Ramanand said he got an injury before the meet and that was the reason that Vijendra Singh was picked for that weight group considering his experience and background.

He further asserted that all the countries have seen footage of India�s leading boxers, but they do not have any idea about the young and upcoming boxers. So, young boxers like Vikash Kishan, Devendro Singh, Dinesh Kumar and Shiva Thapa may trouble opponents of other countries.

The coach said now India has world class facilities as far boxing is concerned. If all the youngsters dedicate themselves to the game, in near future the country will certainly produce more world class boxers. The coach also praised the women boxers from Manipur and Assam and hoped that women boxers from this region will rule the roost at the international arena.

Shiva Thapa, who was also present with the coach, said he is 100 per cent fit now and is ready to give his best in the camp before the Tazakistan championship. He also hoped that he will be able to get a London Olympic berth from the Asian qualifying meet.

The national coach and Shiva were accorded a warm reception by the Assam Amateur Boxing Association. Secretary Hemanta Kumar Kalita along with other officials were present on the occasion. Kalita, who is also an official of Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, promised to provide all possible help to Shiva so that he can represent India in the Olympics.

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Shiva�s Olympic chances bright: Coach

GUWAHATI, Oct 14 � Indian boxing coach Ramanand Rajbhar sincere believes that Assam boxer Shiva Thapa has every possibility to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Ramanand, who is in the city, while interacting with mediapersons said today that, Asia still has five berths in the 56 kg category and the final Asian qualifying championship will be held at Asthana in Tazakistan in March or April next year. If Shiva is selected for the championship, it is almost certain that he will earn a ticket to London. Already four Indian boxers � Devendro Singh, Monoj Kumar, Jai Bhagawan and Bikash Krishan � have earned berths for the London Olympics.

On Shiva, his coach, who won several international and national medals during his playing days, said, �As the Assam boxer is still young he has a bright future ahead of him. His playing style and reading capacity of the opponent is tremendous. But he should develop mental toughness and should be able to recover quickly from injuries.�

The Indian coach revealed that now India has made tremendous improvement in this game and boxers from across the world take Indian boxers very seriously. Young boxers like Bikash Krishan, Dinesh Kumar have been able to make a mark at the world level and have a bright opportunity to win medals in the Olympics, said Ramanand.

When asked why Shiva was not picked for the Baku championship, Ramanand said he got an injury before the meet and that was the reason that Vijendra Singh was picked for that weight group considering his experience and background.

He further asserted that all the countries have seen footage of India�s leading boxers, but they do not have any idea about the young and upcoming boxers. So, young boxers like Vikash Kishan, Devendro Singh, Dinesh Kumar and Shiva Thapa may trouble opponents of other countries.

The coach said now India has world class facilities as far boxing is concerned. If all the youngsters dedicate themselves to the game, in near future the country will certainly produce more world class boxers. The coach also praised the women boxers from Manipur and Assam and hoped that women boxers from this region will rule the roost at the international arena.

Shiva Thapa, who was also present with the coach, said he is 100 per cent fit now and is ready to give his best in the camp before the Tazakistan championship. He also hoped that he will be able to get a London Olympic berth from the Asian qualifying meet.

The national coach and Shiva were accorded a warm reception by the Assam Amateur Boxing Association. Secretary Hemanta Kumar Kalita along with other officials were present on the occasion. Kalita, who is also an official of Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, promised to provide all possible help to Shiva so that he can represent India in the Olympics.