Boxam International: COVID-19 Case Hits Indian Boxers, Three Men Pull Out From Finals

New Delhi: India’s campaign at the 35th Boxam International Tournament in Castellon ended with one gold, eight silver and one bronze medal.

The Indian men’s boxing team’s final campaign was derailed by a positive COVID-19 case in the side, resulting in three withdrawals from the summit clashes.

Olympic-bound Ashish Kumar (75kg) tested positive for the virus and as a result of being his roommates, Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) were also forced to withdraw from the finals on Sunday night.

All three of them ended with silver medals which could have been gold but for the unforeseen circumstances.

Hussamuddin and Sumit have tested negative and are travelling back with the team which will land in Mumbai on Monday.

Also, unable to compete in the final was veteran Satish Kumar (+91kg) due to “sickness”.

Manish Kaushik (63kg) ended up being the sole gold medal winner for the side, beating Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan in the summit clash to complete a brilliant comeback from a knee injury which kept him out of action for a year.

Among the women, Simranjit Kaur (60kg), who is also bound for the Olympics, was forced out of her final after her semifinal opponent — Kiria Tapia of Puerto Rico — tested positive for the virus. The Indian, however, has returned a negative test.

“Because of local government regulations, she could not compete,” Indian women’s boxing’s high performance director Rafaelle Bergamasco said.