Sandhu takes responsibility for boxing flop show in Rio
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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