Boxing is one of the most popular Olympic sports in India
MC Mary Kom, Vijender Singh and Amit Panghal are giving new heights to this game
The absence of boxing in the Olympics will reduce the chances of getting a new star
New Delhi. American boxer Roy Jones Jr feels boxing’s exclusion from the Olympics will reduce the chances of countries like India ‘finding new stars’ in the sport as budding boxers will have no direction to move forward . Boxing has been left out of the list of starting sports for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, which is a major setback for many countries and the decision has been taken due to several operational issues.
Jones, one of the most successful boxers of his generation, has written an open letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Committee, asking them to reiterate their decision to drop boxing earlier this month. Thoughts requested.
Rai Jones said in a letter to IOC – doing this is a crime
In this letter, the 1988 Olympic silver medalist said that excluding boxing from the Olympics would amount to “committing a crime”. “So many kids will lose hope, focus and direction,” Jones told PTI in an email interview. Just look how many boxing superstars have become from the Olympics.
Mary Kom, Vijender Singh and Amit Panghal have given new heights to this game
Boxing is one of the most popular Olympic sports in India and six-time world champion MC Mary Kom, Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh and Amit Panghal have taken the sport to new heights in the country. “It gives boxers and countries hope of getting a new boxing star. With no boxing in the Olympics, where does this hope come from?
The prospect of boxing’s inclusion in the Olympics is also bleak with the IOC’s continuing warnings to the International Boxing Federation on governance issues.
FIRST PUBLISHED : October 19, 2022, 18:58 IST