Bye for Amit Panghal, three others; tough overall draw for Indian boxers at Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News
An unprecedented nine Indian boxers would be competing for medals in the masterpiece, where none could secure a podium in the 2016 edition.
Panghal will enter the ring on July 31 in the round of 16 stage against the winner of the contest between Mahommed Rajab Otukile of Botswana and Yuberjen Herney Rivas Martinez of Colombia.
Martinez was the light flyweight silver medalist at the Rio Games.
The 25-year-old Asian Games champion Indian, who is expected to advance, could find Hu Jianguan, the 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, as a possible quarter-final opponent.
In the women’s competition, the six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51 kg) will face the Dominican Miguelina Hernández on July 25 and the next for her would be the third seed of Colombia Ingrit Lorena Victoria Valencia in her search for a second Olympic medal.
Valencia is the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and also champion of the Pan American Games.
He also received a goodbye to former Asian Games bronze medalist Satish Kumar (+91 kg), who is the first super heavyweight from India to make the Olympic cut.
He will face Ricardo Brown of Jamaica in the quarterfinals and if he wins, the Armyman will meet top seed Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan.
Jalolov is the current world champion in addition to being a three-time Asian champion.
Newcomer Ashish Chaudhary (75kg), a former Asian silver medalist, will face China’s Erbieke Touheta in her first match of the Games.
The winner will face third-seeded Brazilian Hebert Sousa in the quarterfinals. Sousa was a bronze medalist at the 2019 world championships.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist Manish Kaushik (63kg), who is also making his Games debut, has Great Britain European silver medalist Luke McCormack to compete with in the opener.
If he wins, Cuban third seed Andy Cruz awaits him in the knockout stage. Cruz is the current World and Pan American Champion.
Another imagined Indian, Vikas Krishan (69kg), will face Japan’s Mensah Okazawa in the round of 32 on Saturday and if he overcomes this hurdle, he’ll face Cuba’s third-seeded Roniel Iglesias.
Iglesias is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and also a former world champion.
In the women’s draw, Pooja Rani (75kg) will face Algerian Ichrak Chaib in her first fight and will face second-seeded China, Li Qian, if she progresses.
Qian is the reigning Asian champion and the 2018 edition world champion.
Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) received a goodbye and will face Germany’s Nadine Apetz in her first match.
Simranjit Kaur (60kg) also said goodbye and has Thai Sudaporn Seesondee waiting for her in the quarterfinals.
The trio of Simranjit, Lovlina and Pooja make their Olympic debut among women.
The United States has won a record 50 Olympic boxing gold medals and a record 114 medals in total (men’s and women’s events).
Cuba has won 37 Olympic gold medals in boxing, 26 more than in any other sport.
Kazakhstan won at least one gold medal in boxing in each of the last six Olympics.
At the Rio Olympics in 2016, Uzbekistan took home seven boxing medals, more than any other country, three of them gold, to finish in the highest position alongside Cuba.
A total of 289 boxers from 81 countries will fight at the Games this time.