‘Fitness, nutrition key areas of concern for Indian boxers’ ‘Time to attack Says Indian Boxing’s HPD from the word go’ Santiago Nieva
New Delhi: The World championships is done and dusted and the Indian boxers have now shifted their focus to the next big challenge – the Tokyo Olympics qualifier to be held in Wuhan, China in February next year. And, for the Indian coaching staff, there are some areas of concern which need to be addressed quickly ahead of the crucial qualifiers.
These issues range from working on the strength and conditioning of national campers to improving their diet plan and adding more variation to the way they box. ut, the most worrying part remains the well-being of the boxers. The bad air quality in Patiala and Delhi in the month of December-January due to the crop burning by farmers in that period has forced the coaches to relocate the national camp from NIS to JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) in Vijayanagar, Karnataka. The camp was planned for three weeks in the month of November, but now it will be twomonth afaair.
“Poor air quality is one of our major concerns. The IIS high-performance training centre has good facilities. We have planned an international camp there. We will be extending invitation to boxers from Asian and European counytries to train (sparring sessions) with our boxers. We are in the process of extending formal invitation to quite a few countries. Our boxers will be there at the centre for two months. The boxers need better air quality and weather for training. The month of December and January are little tough as far as air pollution is concerned,” India’s high performance director, Sweden’s Santiago Nieva, told TOI.
Nieva said he is recalling renowned strength and conditioning expert, Rickard Mats Nilsson, to work with the men’s team till the Tokyo Olympics. Nilsson had worked with both the men and women teams for close to 70 days in June-July last year and his training had brought an overall improvement in the performance of boxers. “This time he will be with us for 100 days and he’s expected to join the boxers in November. He has been called keeping in mind the qualifiers. We want to take the training to the next level as the qualifiers are going to be tough,” Nieva said.
“We also need to continuously improve our nutrition pattern where, I believe, our boxers are seriously lacking. Some of our boxers’ eating habits are not optimal for high-performance training. They lack a clear approach to nutrition. A proper diet is important for training, recovery and competition. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is an issue, but many of them eat too much of unhealthy food, like snacks and all, which they don’t realise is not optimal nutrition,” the coach informed. Nieva also stressed on the need to improve the quality of video analysis and bringing a change in the software to analyse a bout in real quick time. New Delhi: An athlete generally doesn’t tweak his technique after tasting success on the world stage. But sometimes it’s good to get rid of old habits to achieve a larger goal, especially when the target is an Olympic medal. Amit Panghal is going to work on changing his game-time approach.
His tendency to play a waiting game in the opening round of his bout would not be seen in future events. For Panghal, the approach will now be simple – attack from the word go and land as many punches as possible in the first round of three minutes.
“From the very beginning, my strategy has been to observe the game plan of my opponent. I would judge whether he was changing his game midway or was going to maintain the same tempo. I would do that for first two minutes or so before looking to attack. I am slow starter. But I make up for it by attacking in the second and third rounds. I give my 100 percent in those two rounds. Sometimes, this strategy works, sometimes it doesn’t like in the Worlds final against (Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin) Zoirov,” Panghal told TOI on Monday.
“From now onwards, I will
When Panghal was fined Rs 1,000 for reporting late
Not many would know that Amit Panghal and his fellow boxer, Brijesh Yadav (81kg), were fined Rs1,000 each by the Indian coaching staff for reporting late for a practice session during the recently-concluded World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. It was chief foreign coach Santiago Nieva and chief national coach A C Kuttappa’s way of disciplining Panghal and Yadav in time management.
While Panghal stated he was fined because he didn’t turn up for his weigh-in, assuming his weight wouldn’t have changed, both Santiago and Kuttappa maintained that the boxer reported late for practice.
look to attack from the very beginning. If I can score in the first and second rounds, then I can play a waiting game. My coaches spoke to me about my weakness and told me that I lost the final because I was weak in the first round.”
Coach Santiago Nieva also pointed out Panghal’s slow approach in the first round as the weakness in his game.
India’s star boxer Amit Panghal gets instructions from Santiago Nieva