Boxing continues to be a stronghold for India at the Commonwealth GamesMarch 20, 2018
India has had a rich history of winning medals at the Commonwealth Games and the boxing contingent looks all set to build on that. Being a core sport, boxing has been included in the CWG programme since 1930.
A few facts about history of Boxing at the Commonwealth Games
} England leads the all-time medals table with 118 medals including 54 Gold.
} India has won 28 medals including 5 Gold at the Games.
} This will be the 21st edition of the CWG when Boxing is featured in the programme.
} 16 Gold medals are up for grabs, with 8 in each the men’s and the women’s category.
India’s boxing contingent consists of 12 athletes with 8 men and 4 women in the fray. Vikas Krishnan, M.C. Mary Kom, Satish Kumar and Manoj Kumar are the medal hopefuls from the squad. The selection criteria for the Games was at par with the Olympics, with Boxing Federation of India admitting it was the strongest squad ever sent to the Games. “This is probably the strongest contingent we are sending to the Commonwealth Games. They are very well prepared and we expect them to do well. In the last one year, our boxers participated in 30 competitions and returned home with a rich haul,” Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh said.
India would be hoping to turn around its performance in Glasgow 2014 where it returned home without a single Gold medal.