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29-year-old Devendro and 35-year-old Suranjoy, whose outstanding boxing careers were interrupted by injuries, are among the 14 coaches who were shortlisted for the national camp in Patiala starting this week

File image of Indian Devendro Singh at the London 2012 Olympics in the ExCel Arena. AFP

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games medalists M Suranjoy Singh and L Devendro Singh, whose stellar boxing careers were disrupted by injuries, were hired by the national association as coaches for men ahead of this month’s World Championships.

29-year-old Devendro and 35-year-old Suranjoy are among the 14 coaches who have been nominated for the national camp in Patiala from this week. The world championship with over 600 boxers from more than 100 countries starts on October 24th in Belgrade, Serbia.

The other prominent names on the coaching staff include head coach Narender Rana, former junior coach MS Dhaka, veteran Dharmendra Yadav and former boxers Diwakar Parsad and Torak Kharpan. The development was confirmed to PTI by BFI General Secretary Hemanta Kalita.

Interestingly, both Suranjoy and Devendro trained under Dhaka in the junior area.

While Suranjoy is gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games 2010 and the Asian Championships in 2009, Devendro won silver in the CWG and reached the previous quarter of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Suranjoy had also been appointed assistant coach in 2017, but was unable to accept the position due to personal problems.

“The last time I was named, there were family issues, Abhi Sab Theek Hain, Join Kar Lenge,” the Manipuri who won a sensational eight international gold medals in an incredible run from 2009-2010 before a knee injury hampered his career said PTI.

“The World Championship will be a challenging task as the weight classes have been realigned, but we are ready and we hope we can get some good results,” he added.

Devendro, a World Cup quarter-finalist and an Asian champion silver medalist, was also delighted.

“I finally have the chance to apply what I’ve learned over the years, I hope I can count it. It’s an honor, ”said the softly speaking Manipuri, whose poor eyesight and a debilitating knee injury ensured an early end to his boxing career.

Devendro completed his coaching diploma at the National Institute of Sports of Patiala in 2020.

As expected, the five boxers who represented India at the Tokyo Olympics – Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar – are not part of the World Cup camp after skipping the Nationals. Of these, Vikas and Ashish had injuries.

Both Suranjoy and Devendro are part of the Services Sports Control Board, which dominated the national championships last month and won eight gold medals.

The Indian Boxing Federation (BFI) had previously decided to replace the men’s head coach, CA Kuttapa, with Rana from the Army Sports Institute ahead of the mega-event in Serbia, which will also mark the end of the tenure of High Performance Director Santiago Nieva.

49-year-old Rana, a former Asian Cup bronze medalist and four-time national champion, was a seasoned coach with the Services Sports Control Board.

He has coached world champion medalists Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik at different stages of their careers.

Rana was based at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune, the place where stars like Suranjoy, Vikas, Shiva Thapa and Devendro, among others, were discovered.

However, Kuttapa remains a part of the setup as the association has appointed him as coach coordinator.

The development continues the turmoil in Indian boxing following the Tokyo Olympics performance, which the national federation described as disappointing.

The women’s high-performance director Raffaele Bergamasco has already left after failing to renew his contract. Women’s head coach Mohd Ali Qamar could also be replaced.

India had its biggest boxing team of all time – five men and four women – competing in the July-August Games, of which only Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) finished on the podium with a bronze medal.

It was the country’s first boxing medal at the Games in nine years, but given the top form the pugilists had shown in front of the showpiece, more was to be expected.


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