Mary Kom Steps Down as India's Chef-de-Mission for Paris Olympics

Mary Kom Steps Down as India’s Chef-de-Mission for Paris Olympics

Six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom has resigned as India’s Chef-de-Mission for the upcoming Paris Olympics, citing personal reasons. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President PT Usha announced Mary Kom’s decision in a statement on Friday.

In a letter to Usha, Mary Kom expressed her regret for stepping down from the prestigious role. “I consider it an honor to serve my country in every way possible, and I was mentally prepared for it. However, I regret that I will not be able to uphold the prestigious responsibility and would like to resign, owing to personal reasons,” she wrote.

Mary Kom, who is also a bronze medalist from the 2012 London Olympics, was appointed as Chef-de-Mission on March 21. She was tasked with overseeing the logistical arrangements for the Indian contingent at the Paris Games, scheduled for July 26-August 11.

IOA President Usha expressed sadness over Mary Kom’s decision but respected her privacy. “We are sad that Olympic medal-winning boxer and Chairperson of the IOA Athletes Commission Mary Kom has stepped down citing personal reasons. We respect her decision and her privacy,” Usha said.

Usha added that she had a conversation with Mary Kom after receiving her letter. “I completely understand her request and respect her decision. I have also conveyed to her that she will always have my own support and that of IOA. I also request everyone to respect the legendary boxer’s privacy,” she said.

The IOA will now begin the process of finding a replacement for Mary Kom. Usha said she would make an announcement about the new Chef-de-Mission soon.

Mary Kom’s resignation comes as a setback for the Indian contingent preparing for the Paris Olympics. However, the IOA is confident that it will find a suitable replacement who can lead the team to success.

Boxing Legend Venkatesan Devarajan Eyes Indian Boxing Team Coaching Role

Boxing Legend Venkatesan Devarajan Eyes Indian Boxing Team Coaching Role

Former Indian boxing legend Venkatesan Devarajan, who holds the distinction of being the first Indian boxer to secure a World Cup medal on foreign soil, has expressed his keen interest in assuming the coaching reins of the Indian boxing team. This development comes in the wake of the team’s High Performance Director, Bernard Dunne, tendering his resignation following the team’s dismal performance at the recent Olympic qualifiers in Italy.

India’s boxers failed to secure a single quota for the Paris Olympics at the world qualifiers, leaving only four Indian women boxers who have earned their spots through the Asian Games. With just two months remaining before the final Olympic qualifiers in Thailand on May 23, Indian boxing finds itself in a precarious position.

While Dunne’s resignation has been accepted, foreign coach Dmitry Dmitruk, who was brought in by Dunne, is also expected to be relieved of his duties. With four months to go until the Paris Olympics, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is likely to turn to Indian coaches to guide the team through these turbulent waters. A BFI executive committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday to deliberate on this matter.

“I am eager to impart my knowledge and experience to the team. If the BFI grants me the opportunity, I would be honored to assist the team. I intend to engage in discussions with the BFI,” stated Devarajan, who clinched a bronze medal at the 1994 World Cup in Thailand. Devarajan represented India at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (bantamweight) and served on the BFI’s selection panel for an extended period.

“Boxing is not merely a physical endeavor; at the elite level, it also becomes a mental game. Strategy, meticulous planning, and mental fortitude are paramount in boxing. When competing at the Olympic level, boxers must maintain emotional composure within the ring,” emphasized Devarajan, an Arjuna Awardee who coached the World Boxing Series team Mumbai Fighters, which featured several international boxers.

During his prime, Chennai-based Devarajan garnered two medals at the prestigious Cuba International Boxing Meet, Kings Cup, and President’s Cup. He holds the distinction of defeating Mongolian professional boxer Lakva Sim, a world champion in two weight classes, on three separate occasions.

“I have had the privilege of training with the world-renowned Cuban team in Bangalore in 1991 and subsequently traveled to Cuba for further training. I possess the experience of competing at the highest level and preparing boxers for elite competitions. I am well-versed in the strengths and weaknesses of our boxers. In recent years, our boxers have adopted a uniform style against all opponents. We must employ diverse strategies and techniques based on the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents,” asserted Devarajan, who believes that selection trials are crucial for assessing form and fitness.

Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson: YouTube Star Takes on Boxing Legend

Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson: YouTube Star Takes on Boxing Legend

Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson: A Battle of Generations

Boxing enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly anticipating the epic clash between YouTube sensation Jake Paul and legendary heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on July 29 in Texas. The highly publicized bout, streamed exclusively on Netflix, marks Tyson’s return to the ring since his exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020.

In a surprising twist, Jake’s brother Logan Paul revealed that he was initially offered the fight against Tyson but declined. Speaking on his podcast, Logan stated that the financial incentive was substantial but not as lucrative as the deal offered to Jake. He also expressed his belief that he could defeat Tyson due to his age and perceived decline.

Jake Paul dismissed his brother’s claims, questioning his motives for making such a statement. He emphasized that his company, Most Valuable Promotions, secured the deal with Tyson, and he was unaware of any offer made to Logan.

The bout’s status remains uncertain, as it has not been confirmed whether it will be a professional fight or an exhibition match. Tyson’s age and the need for approval from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will determine the specifics.

Jake Paul, a YouTube influencer turned professional boxer, has amassed a 10-1 record with six knockouts. His only defeat came against Tommy Fury, the half-brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Mike Tyson, the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987-90, retired in 2005 with a remarkable record of 50 wins, 40 by knockout. His return to the ring has sparked both excitement and skepticism among boxing fans.

The Paul vs. Tyson bout promises to be a captivating spectacle, pitting a young, ambitious challenger against a seasoned legend. The outcome remains uncertain, but the anticipation and drama surrounding the event are sure to make it an unforgettable night in boxing history.

Hussamuddin Loses Comeback Bout in Olympic Boxing Qualifier

Hussamuddin Loses Comeback Bout in Olympic Boxing Qualifier

Mohammed Hussamuddin, India’s World Championships bronze medalist, made a disappointing return to competitive boxing after an injury lay-off, losing 0-4 to Ireland’s Jude Gallagher in the men’s 57kg clash at the 1st World Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Busto Arsizio, Italy.

Hussamuddin, who had earlier received a first-round bye, was competing for the first time since the 2023 World Championships quarterfinals when he injured his left knee. He took some time to settle in, allowing his opponent, Birmingham CWG champion Gallagher, to take a lead with his technical prowess.

The youngster used speed and agility to his advantage, pocketing the first round 5-0. Hussamuddin tried to cover lost ground in round two, but his comeback became even more difficult after he was handed a one-point deduction for dropping his head.

The 22-year-old Gallagher maintained his composure in the third round, preventing Hussamuddin from attacking and eventually winning the bout.

India fielded nine boxers in the competition, but only Nishant Dev (71kg) remains in the fray to seal a quota. He will be in action in the pre-quarterfinals on Sunday.

India has already secured four quotas for Paris 2024 with Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Preeti (54kg), Parveen Hooda (57kg), and Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) confirming their berths with impressive performances at the Asian Games.

Jake Paul to Face Mike Tyson in July 20 Netflix Bout

Jake Paul to Face Mike Tyson in July 20 Netflix Bout

Social media sensation Jake Paul and boxing legend Mike Tyson are set to clash in a highly anticipated bout on July 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The event, which will be streamed live on Netflix, marks a significant milestone in the streaming platform’s foray into live sports production.

Paul, 27, has rapidly ascended the boxing ranks since his professional debut four years ago. With nine wins and six knockouts to his credit, he has established himself as a formidable force in the sport. His only setback came against Tommy Fury, the half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Tyson, 57, is a boxing icon who reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. Known for his devastating power and intimidating presence, “Iron Mike” retired in 2005 with a record of 50 wins, 44 by knockout. His exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr. in 2020 ended in an unofficial draw.

The Paul-Tyson matchup has sparked both excitement and skepticism. While some question the legitimacy of a fight between a young, up-and-coming boxer and a retired legend, others believe it will be an entertaining spectacle. The specifics of the bout, including whether it will be an actual pro fight or an exhibition, are still being finalized and must be approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Paul has expressed his ambition to become a world champion and sees this fight as an opportunity to prove himself against the greatest heavyweight of all time. Tyson, for his part, is eager to test his skills against a younger opponent and believes it will be a “full circle moment” since he helped launch Paul’s boxing career.

The fight card at AT&T Stadium will be the third live sporting event for Netflix, following a golf/auto racing crossover event and an exhibition tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. Paul’s company, Most Valuable Promotions, is partnering with Netflix to stage the show.

Nishant Dev Shines, Ankushita Boro and Sanjeet Disappoint in World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers

Nishant Dev Shines, Ankushita Boro and Sanjeet Disappoint in World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers

Nishant Dev Advances in World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers, Ankushita Boro and Sanjeet Suffer Defeats

Indian boxer Nishant Dev has secured a spot in the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s 71kg category at the first World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers. The World Championships bronze medalist outclassed Georgia’s Madiev Eskerkhan with a dominant 5-0 unanimous decision on Thursday night.

Dev’s victory was a testament to his aggressive and calculated approach. Tokyo Olympics quarterfinalist Eskerkhan struggled to keep up with Dev’s relentless attacks. Despite Eskerkhan’s attempts to regain momentum in the second round, Dev remained unyielding, denying him any opportunity for a comeback.

Meanwhile, India’s youth world champion Ankushita Boro (66kg) and national champion Sanjeet (92kg) faced contrasting fortunes in their opening round matches. Boro fought valiantly but ultimately fell short 2-3 against Sonvico Emilie of France. Sanjeet, on the other hand, suffered a disappointing 0-5 defeat to Aibek Oralbay of Kazakhstan.

These results continue a challenging campaign for India’s boxers at the tournament. Despite the presence of over 590 boxers, India has yet to secure any additional quotas for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The tournament offers a total of 49 quotas, including 28 for men and 21 for women.

India had previously secured four quotas through Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Preeti (54kg), Parveen Hooda (57kg), and Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) at the Asian Games. The second World Qualification Tournament will be held in Bangkok from May 23 to June 3, providing another opportunity for Indian boxers to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

Indian Boxers Struggle in World Olympic Qualifier, Chahar Knocked Out

Indian Boxers Struggle in World Olympic Qualifier, Chahar Knocked Out

Reigning national champion Lakshya Chahar’s Olympic dream suffered a setback as he became the fourth Indian boxer to bow out in the opening round of the first World Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Busto Arsizio, Italy.

Chahar, competing in the men’s 80kg event, faced a formidable opponent in 2021 Asian Championships silver medallist Gheshlaghi Meysam of Iran. Despite a valiant effort, Chahar was knocked out in the third round, ending his hopes of securing an Olympic quota.

The Indian contingent has faced a disappointing start to the qualifier, with all four boxers who have taken the ring failing to advance to the second round. World Championships bronze medallist Deepak Bhoria (51kg), Asian Games bronze medallist Narender Berwal (92kg), and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaismine Lamboria (60kg) all suffered first-round defeats.

However, five Indian boxers remain in contention for Paris Olympic quotas: world championships bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamudin and six-time Asian Championships medal winner Shiva Thapa. A semifinal finish will guarantee them a quota.

India has already secured four 2024 Olympic quotas through Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Preeti Pawar (54kg), Parveen Hooda (57kg), and Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), who clinched their entry at the Asian Games last year.

Boxers who fail to earn quotas in Italy will have a final chance to qualify for the Paris Games at the second World Olympic Boxing Qualifier, scheduled for May 23 to June 3 in Bangkok.

India's Bhoria Loses in World Olympic Boxing Qualifier Opener

India’s Bhoria Loses in World Olympic Boxing Qualifier Opener

India’s Olympic boxing aspirations suffered a setback at the World Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Busto Arsizio, Italy, as Deepak Bhoria (51kg) succumbed to a 2-3 split verdict against Azerbaijan’s Huseynov Nijat on the opening day.

Bhoria, who had edged out 2019 World Championships silver medalist Amit Panghal for a spot in the Indian squad, faced a formidable opponent in Nijat. The Azerbaijani boxer’s pace and agility proved too much for Bhoria in the first two rounds, which he lost by identical 2-3 scorelines.

Undeterred, Bhoria rallied in the final round, delivering some impressive blows to secure a 4-1 victory. However, it was not enough to overcome the deficit from the earlier rounds.

Despite Bhoria’s defeat, India still has hopes of securing Olympic quotas through Asian Games bronze medalist Narender (92kg) and Commonwealth Games 2022 bronze medalist Jaismine (60kg), who will face Germany’s Nelvie Tiafack and Japan’s Ayaka Taguchi respectively later on Sunday.

The World Olympic Boxing Qualifier offers 49 quotas for the Paris Olympics, including 28 for men and 21 for women. India has already secured four quotas for the Games.

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