Gaurav Solanki failed to qualify for the Youth Olympics after losing in a box-off, but will have another shot at notching up a quota place in the ongoing world youth championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Solanki lost to home favourite Daniel Asenov 0-3 in the first box-off for the Youth Olympics quota place on Tuesday.

Solanki will face Brazil’s Carlos Silva, who got a bye in the box-off draw.

India’s only medal hope in the event is Shyam Kakara (49kg), who booked a ticket to the Youth Olympics by entering the semifinals on Monday.

Kakara, who defeated Venezuela’s Yoel Finol 2-1 in a thrilling contest, will face Kazakhstan’s Shalkar Aikhynbay in the last-four stage on Wednesday. — PTI

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