Down with fever and without a team doctor due to India’s international termination, Asian silver-medallist Gaurav Solanki (52kg) fought through to enter the quarterfinal of the World Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on Sunday.
Solanki defeated Ireland’s William Donoghue 3-0 to set up a clash against China’s L V Ping, who got the better of Spain’s Gabriel Escobar in the pre-quarterfinal bout.
He did not let his fever affect the performance in the ring as he out-witted his Irish rival.
Owing to it, the International Boxing Association has barred any officials, including doctors, from accompanying the Indians. What it once again highlighted was the problems that Indian boxers are facing due to the termination.
However, it was curtains for Neeraj Parasar (64kg), who lost to Richard Toth of Hungary. The Indian fought hard but eventually lost 1-2.
The mega-event is doubling up as a qualifying event for the Youth Olympics to be held in Nanjing, China from August 16 to 28.
The youngsters, all in the age bracket of 17 and 18, will have to reach at least the semi-finals of the world event to make the cut for the Youth Olympics.
The Indians are competing under the International Boxing Association (AIBA) flag due to the termination following the federation’s failure to comply with the world body’s directives on holding elections.
India had won a couple of silver medals and a bronze in the previous edition in Yerevan, Armenia.