Mohammed Ali Kamar feels boxers must be united to revitalise the game

By: Sujata Sarkar
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Mohammed Ali Kamar, the gold medallist in the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and Arjuna Awardee boxer wants to raise his voice against the ongoing jeopardy that has already paralysed the game in the recent years.

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More importantly, Kamar despite being one of the current national selectors reveals he wants to initiate some different actions with an aim to revitalise amateur boxing in India.

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Kamar said, "The Arjuna Awardees including me had recently sat together around three months ago and discussed over the issue. We even thought of sending a written appeal to the International Boxing Association (IBA). Our plan was to make IBA aware of the disorder in the game and seek the world body’s interference. But that also failed to click as some among us did not want to sign." (Shiva loses in Olympics)

The ongoing chaos in boxing is not a new thing. But the discussion on the issue seems to have increased a little bit after the Indian boxers’ failure in Rio Olympics. All three boxers, Shiva Thapa, Bikash Krishan Yadav and Manoj Kumar have failed to shine in the Rio.

And the country’s star boxers like Vijender Singh, Mary Kom were highly critical of the anarchy and both of them held the administrators in the game who, despite being in the administration for long time, have done nothing constructive for the development of the game. Even, these boxers demanded there must be a change and former boxers should be brought into the administration for the recovery of boxing.

Kamar said, "No national championship is being held since 2012. And as its aftermath, same boxers train in the national preparatory camp throughout the year. So, how does one boxer improve his technique unless he is not facing a new boxer on the ring? And you will never get a new, talented boxer unless you organize national championships every year where there is surely a chance of finding out new and talented boxers."

The former boxer also informed, national selectors have no proper assignment to groom the promising boxers and create a healthy atmosphere where you can find the boxers of future and your top boxers can shine in the international tournaments.”

Kamar said he would be waiting again for the opportunity to regroup the former Arjuna Awardees and form a kind of association.

Talking about the ad-hoc committee that is currently running Indian boxing, Kamar said, "They just send the boxers to international engagements. But they do not take care of boxing."

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