Patiala: Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh and veteran Akhil Kumar made it to the 42-member core-group probables for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Asian Games in Incheon.
The selection trials were held at the NIS under the supervision of the Ad-Hoc committee in presence of the selectors Mehtab Singh, Deverajan, Mohammed Ali Qamar, Jitender Kumar and Rajender Prasad.
The Ad-Hoc Committee requested SAI to continue with the camp till Asian Games, 2014 with all 10 weight Categories so that the Core Group Probables can get best fight partners in variety.
The men's team is going to participate in the Chemistry Cup which will help the boxers to test their training, Ad-Hoc Committee also requested the AIBA to allow the Indian boxers for more training and competitions, and we are sure that world body will surely allow our boxers.
For 33-year-old Akhil, it will be a comeback of sorts as he is back in the reckoning after a gap of more than three years. He will face a four-pronged battle from the likes of Dheeraj, Vikas Malik, Rohit Tokas and Anil Kumar.
Vijender, who is awaiting his Bollywood debut will also be keen to make the cut when the selection committee decides on the final list.
List: L Devendro Singh, Amandeep Singh, Pankaj Saini, Nanao Singh (all 49 kgs); Madan Lal, Santosh Harijan, Gaurav Bidhuri, Sunil (all 52 kg); Shiva Thapa, Mohammed Husamuddin, Aman Indora, V Durga Rao (all 56 kg); Dheeraj, Vikas Malik, Rohit Tokas, Anil Kumar, Akhil Kumar (all 60 kg); Manoj Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, Deepak Tanwar, Narender Singh (all 64 kg); Mandeep Jangra, Manjit, Dilbagh Singh, Vijay (all 69 kg); Vikash Krishan, Vijender Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, Jagat Singh, Belal (all 75kg); Sumit Sangwan, Kuldeep Singh, Jagroop Singh, Harjinder Singh (all 81kg); Dinesh Kumar, Amritpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Jasveer Singh (all 91kg); Satish Kumar, Praveen Kumar, K P Singh, Narender, Manjeet Singh (all +91kg). Reserve Manish Pawar 69kg; Harpal Singh 75kg; Abhishek Beniwal 81kg. Coaches: Chief National Coach: G S Sandhu.