Sandhu takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for box­ing flop show in Rio

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New Delhi: He is ready to take “moral re­spon­si­bil­ity” for In­dia’s medal- less box­ing cam­paign in the Rio Olympics but na­tional coach Gur­bax Singh Sandhu said the four- year ad­min­is­tra­tive logjam can­not es­cape blame for all that has gone wrong with the sport.

“I am per­son­ally hurt and I take moral re­spon­si­bil­ity for this. But I feel my boys’ per­for­mance was sat­is­fac­tory un­der the cur­rent cir­cum­stances and with the kind of tough draws they ended up get­ting. As for other things, I knew what was go­ing on in the last four years but I con­tin­ued think­ing that things would im­prove,” Sandhu said.

Box­ing be­came an Olympic medal hope for In­dia ever since Vi­jen­der Singh’s his­toric bronze in the Bei­jing 2008 Games. MC Mary Kom added an­other bronze to the kitty in 2012 when women box­ers made their de­but in Lon­don edi­tion.

In Rio, at least one medal was ex­pected from the three – Shiva Thapa, Vikas Kr­is­han, Manoj Ku­mar – who made the cut. The ex­pec­ta­tion was de­spite the fact that box­ing had hit a down­ward spiral fol­low­ing the ter­mi­na­tion of the na­tional fed­er­a­tion in 2012 for ma­nip­u­la­tion in elec­tions.

“The luck fac­tor was to­tally zero this time for us. All my boys lost to even­tual medal­lists. I am not try­ing to save any­body here but we have to be re­al­is­tic. The draws were tough,” Sandhu said.—

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