New Delhi: Secretary-General Hemanta Kalita describes the Boxing Federation of India’s roster policy to hold trials for big-ticket events over the next four months as “transparent” and based on “equality,” Secretary-General Hemanta Kalita said on Thursday that boxers are chance to try their luck in more than one category.
As PTI reported a few days ago, the BFI formally announced on Thursday that the selection trials for all 12 categories of the Women’s World Championships will take place from March 7-9.
“…(this) also includes the weight divisions of the Asian Games, which are the same as IBA (International Boxing Association).
“However, for the remaining two weight categories of the Asian Games, 51 kg and 69 kg, the trials will be conducted separately, from March 11-14, giving boxers of the closest weight categories more time to take a shot at the trials as well. for the Asian Games,” Kalita said in a statement from BFI.
“There are three categories that are the same in the World Championships and the Asian Games.”
The Asian Games women’s competition is held in five weight categories: 51 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg, 69 kg and 75 kg.
Kalita said the trial dates will allow boxers to battle it out in two different divisions. For example, a boxer competing in the 50kg or 52kg class in the World Championships could compete in the 51kg division for the Asian Games.
“Different dates for selection trials allow boxers to change weight category and also present their challenge for Asian Games.
“This format will bring great relief to boxers, whose category is not part of Asia, as they will still be able to compete in both events with different weight classes,” said Kalita.
Kalita also confirmed that selection trials for the Asian Games for men will take place in May, while trials for both men and women will be held for the Commonwealth Games in June.
National campers, including those participating in the Tokyo Olympics, who have not competed in the National Championships, are eligible for the selection tests.
The selection committee will consist of the BFI President or his nominee alongside an expert panel of renowned experienced boxers.
“BFI is committed to giving every fighter an equal chance and the upcoming selection trials will be no different. There will be a transparent approach to select the best boxers to represent the country,” Kalita said.
The Women’s World Championship is scheduled to take place from May 6 to 21 in Istanbul, Turkey, while the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games will kick off on July 28 and September 10, respectively.
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