Indian boxers return home

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

The Indian boxing team is back home after winning nine medals, including four golds in Scotland at the Commonwealth championships.

Indian boxers return home
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New Delhi:

The Indian boxing team is back home after winning nine medals, including four golds in Scotland at the Commonwealth championships. Standing true to his name, Som Bahadur Pun was declared the 'most courageous boxer' of the championships. "We had a long camp and also went to Cuba, which helped us a lot. We made certain changes in our technique, and the results showed," the Commonwealth gold-medalist said. Critical training The pugilists had a long training camp before leaving for this event under the watchful eyes of their Cuban coach B I Fernandes. "They boxers didn't know how to apply what they learnt in the bout. We worked on that, and their basic fitness and training" Fernandes said. After failing to win anything in the last Asiad or Olympics, the Indian Boxing Federation decided to bring in a few changes, and the results have been encouraging. "We introduced the computerised scoring system all over the country. Now the boxers fare better in international bouts since they have an idea," said P K Muralidharan Raja, Secretary-General, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation. The surprise win in the Commonwealth Championships has come as a major morale-booster for the boxing fraternity. However, the pugilists know that their real test will come in the Asiad and Commonwealth Games next year.

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