Asian Games | Gaurav Solanki, Vikas Krishan included in boxing squad to travel Jakarta

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Asian Games | Gaurav Solanki, Vikas Krishan included in boxing squad to travel Jakarta

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06/27/2018

2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth games gold medalists Gaurav Solanki (56kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) were included in the boxing squad for the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. The Boxing Federation of India has also decided that the trials would only be conducted in the 60kg and 64kg categories.

The Indian boxing team will hope to start where they finished at the 2018 Gold Coast CWG, where they impressed and bagged medals in almost every category. The upcoming 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta will feature seven weight categories - 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, and 75kg. 

They have included the names of 2018 Gold Coast CWG gold medalists - Gaurav Solanki and Vikas Krishan - as part of the boxing squad that will travel to Indonesia next month. Solanki will participate in the 56kg category while Krishan will compete in the 75kg category event. The rest of the team was finalized in a meeting of the selection committee and the names were the same as predicted earlier.

The Boxing Federation of India has decided that the trials would only be conducted in the 60kg and 64kg categories. World and Asian medallist Shiva Thapa will battle with Gold Coast CWG silver-medalist Manish Kaushik in 60kg while Dheeraj Rangi will take on Rohit Tokas in the 64kg trials, which are scheduled for June 29, a top federation official said told PTI sources.

The selectors' move for fewer trials already triggered an avalanche of discontent with contenders such as former Youth World Champion Sachin Siwach (52kg) and senior World Championship bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg), who had lodged a protest over denial of trials to them. However, whether the BFI will give in to their demands has still been uncertain.

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