Suranjoy Singh (left) and Devendro Singh (right) have been champion boxers.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has included Commonwealth Games medalists M Suranjoy Singh and L Devendro Singh in the men’s coaching team ahead of this month’s World Championships. . The 14 coaches who have been selected for the national camp starting this week in Patiala include 29-year-old Devendro and 35-year-old Suranjay. The World Championships will begin in Belgrade, Serbia from October 24 in which around 600 boxers from more than 100 countries will participate. Other prominent names in the coaching staff include head coach Narendra Rana, former junior coaches MS Dhaka, Dharmendra Yadav and former boxers Diwakar Prasad and Torak Kharpan. BFI general secretary Hemant Kalita confirmed this to PTI.
Interestingly, both Suranjoy and Devendro were coached by Dhaka at the junior level. Suranjay was earlier appointed assistant coach in 2017 but he did not accept the responsibility then due to personal reasons. This former boxer from Manipur said, ‘Last time when I was selected, there were some family problems. All is well now, will take over the post. Devendro is also excited about this new role. He said, ‘What I have learned over the years, I have finally got a chance to use it. I hope to make an important contribution. It’s an honor for me.
Devendro and Suranjoy could not play much due to injuries
Suranjoy and Devendro struggled with injuries during their careers, due to which their careers did not last long. Suranjoy won gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2009 Asian Championships. He won eight consecutive international medals between 2009 and 2010. Devendro, on the other hand, won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games and traveled to the pre-quarters in the 2012 London Olympics. After this Devendro completed the coaching diploma in the National Institute of Sports, Patiala in 2020.
Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar have not been selected in the national camp for the World Championship. All five of them played in the Tokyo Olympics. Of these, Vikas and Ashish are still injured. However, the Indian men’s boxer could not win the medal in the Tokyo Olympics. India got only one medal in boxing which was won by Lovlina Borgohain in the form of bronze.
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