Indian boxers are fearless: SandhuJuly 21st, 2012 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 21 (IANS) India’s chief boxing coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu said Saturday that his wards are fearless and have tremendous self confidence and self belief that could work wonders for them during the 2012 London Games.
“This generation of Indian boxers are different, they are aggressive, they look into the eyes of the opponents and they have tremendous self confidence and belief. They now use the language which other boxers use all over the World. I see nothing wrong in it,” Sandhu said during an interaction here at the Olympic Village.
Sandhu said the the aggressive nature of his boxers should not be mistaken as a sign of over confidence.
“Earlier our boxers used to get overawed by their rivals. But now if they give it back to their rivals in the same language why should they be called pompous or boastful. This is the way boxers talk world over,” said Sandhu.
Sandhu said that boxers have realised that millions of fans are praying for them back home.
“The boxers realise that millions of Indians are now watching and praying for them. They no longer belong to insignificant sport and they are here on their own merit after competing with the best of the world,” he said.
Sandhu said the seeding system, which is being used in the draw for the first time, has reduced the luck factor to some extent
The top eight ranked boxers in the competition will be divided into two halves. The top two seeded fighters will not meet each other before final, similarly first four will not face each other before semi-finals and first eight clash with each other in quarterfinals. The seeding system has been introduced to prevent lop sided draw.
Sandhu is happy that Indian boxing is getting its due attention in the media.
“Our boxers have consistently performed well in the international arena in the last five-six years. We won unprecedented four bronze medals in the 2009 World Championship in which five boxers took part. Before that we had won only two medals in all the World Championships in which we took part,” he said.
“Our boxers are good and capable of giving a fine performance but nature of performance in boxing is subjective,” he said.
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