Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu emphasised the importance of keeping a low profile in competitions and focusing fully on systematic training in the run-up to the Olympic Games as the Indian boxing team is all geared to leave for a training-cum-competition stint in Germany from June 6 to 22.

Although he was all praise for middleweight boxer Vijender on his performance against the Athens Games gold medallist Bakhtiyar Artayev of Kazakhstan in the recent President’s Cup in Chinese Taipei, Sandhu stressed that he was not too bothered about the results and the medals at this juncture.

“Even in training we are not doing any high speed work, or high intensity drills. I am happy with the way the team is shaping up. Our boxers are respected by the rest of the fraternity and this is another rare example of getting an invitation to train with the Germans when they are taking care of our board and lodging,” he said.

The nine-member team is scheduled to fly to Heidelberg in the early hours of Friday and train there for three days. Then, it will move to Kassel and train with the German team, which also has many Olympic qualified boxers.

“It is a good idea to train with the Germans. They may have also invited other boxers from the nearby region, and we will train with the rest too. It is great to have combined training.

“We will be working on a lot of small things that need attention. The idea is to build the boxers nicely to be at their best in August. I am not interested in any good performance from them in competitions now,” Sandhu said.

Chemistry Cup

The Indian boxers will go to Halle on June 16, and compete in the Chemistry Cup international tournament from June 18 to 22. “The competition there can be top class, or it can be low also. Any good performance at this stage before the Olympics can be misleading,” Sandhu said while reiterating his stand that good training, with an eye for all detail, was the need of the hour, and the competitions were planned to merely keep the boxers sharp.

Akhil Kumar, who had undergone corrective surgery on his wrist, is returning to training.

The team: Jitender Kumar (51kg), Akhil Kumar (54), A.L. Lakra (57), Sanjay Kumar (60), Jagat Singh (69), Vijender (75), Dinesh Kumar (81), Parminder Singh (91), Parveen Kumar (Above-91).

Coaches: Gurbax Singh Sandhu, B.I. Fernandez, Jaidev Bisht; Physio: Harishankar Verma; Referee/ Judge: Rajan Sharma.

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