Devendro Singh, Vikas Krishan in team for AIBA Olympic boxing qualifiers

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Asian Games bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) will be spearheading a nine-strong Indian team picked for the AIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament starting June 16 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Devendro Singh
Devendro Singh

India will not field any boxer in the 56kg division in this event as World Championship bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa has already qualified in the category at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in March.

Shiva is, in fact, the only Indian to have booked a Rio berth so far. The world qualifiers is perhaps the last opportunity left for Indian boxers to make the cut for the Games in August.

In the lightfly and flyweight division, only the gold and silver winners will qualify for the Olympics, while the top-five will get Rio berths in the remaining eight weight divisions.

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