Time to stay focussed: Shiva Thapa
Shiva Thapa, the youngest Indian boxer to win gold at the Asian Boxing Championships has no time left to relax but the youngster has set his sight on the World Championships to be held in October.
Besides Shiva’s (56kg) gold, L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Mandeep Jangra (69kg) fetched silver medals while Manoj Kumar (64kg) settled for a bronze as the team finished joint second in the overall standings.
“Where is the time to celebrate and all, I will just take a short trip to home for 3-4 days and head straight back to Patiala (national camp) to prepare for the World Championships,” said the Assam-lad.
“Celebrations can happen later, now is the time to just focus and train as hard as we can because a World Championships medal is something else altogether,” added Thapa. The World Championships are scheduled from October 11 to 27 in Alamty, Kazakhstan.
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said: “None of my boys disappointed me. It’s a performance that I as a coach is very proud,” said Sandhu.