Boxing coach Jagdish Singh confident of medal win at Beijing

August 18th, 2008 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Aug 18 (IANS) Jagdish Singh, coach of the boxing trio of Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar and Vijender Kumar, India’s medal hopes at the Beijing Olympics, expects his boys to hit the bulls’ eye at the event.”If they continue their present form and hold their nerves at crucial stages, then the sky is the limit for these promising boys,” Jagdish Singh told IANS here Monday.

“Akhil had also performed well at Athens Olympics. He is an aggressive boxer and believes in leading from the front. His main asset is that he is very clear in his thoughts and in his game plan,” said Singh.

“I have trained countless boxers till date and these boys are among my all time favourites. Till December 2007 I have churned out 161 medal winners at the international level and 312 medal winners at the national level,” said the upbeat coach.

Ironically, Jagdish Singh did not go with his boys to Beijing while many other boxing coaches have gone there.

“No one approached me to go there with my students. I am clueless to comment on this. I am very weak to fight against the politics that are going in the sporting arena,” said Singh.

He added: “Still I have kept a close contact with my students through phone. The best part is that all of them are very energetic, agile and have no pressure once they enter the ring.”

“I used video footages of past bouts and showed them clips to pinpoint their shortcomings and strengths. I had also talked to (three time Olympics gold medal winner) Lazio Papp (of Hungary) and shared his experiences and tips with the boys,” stated Singh.

“The authorities are not happy with my style of teaching. Many times, they have also told me to change my style and to adopt their dictated version. But I do not see anything wrong in my style that is based on forceful play. I have devised my own style after thorough research work and studying the other boxing legends,” said Singh.

According to the coach, the environment of Bhiwani and its surrounding towns is ideal for the healthy growth of sports. For the last many years, this town has continuously produced many sensations in different fields of sports, Singh said.

But it was all not a cakewalk for this boxing trio to reach this stage of their career. They had faced infinite obstacles and had invested long hours of hard work before tasting this success.

Singh said: “We could not afford specialized diet and infrastructure due to the lack of funds. It was the sheer motivation that kept us going and we made use of whatever little that we had at our disposal and its final outcome is before the whole country.”

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