Boxer Shyam Kumar wins gold at Thailand International

Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar (49kg) clinched a gold medal at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok without even stepping inside the ring for his summit clash on Saturday. Shyam, who won a gold at the 2015 edition of the event, was to take on Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final. However, Dusmatov pulled out of the bout owing to an injury, giving the Indian his second gold medal at the event.

Earlier, Rohit Tokas (64kg) had lost in the semi-finals to settle for bronze medal. Incidentally, Rohit had won a bronze medal in the 2015 edition as well. India thus finished the tournament with two medals. The country had sent a seven-strong team for the event, of which four boxers lost in the opening round.

Boxing Federation of India (BFI) sent a seven members team for the event.  Among them, four boxers lost the first around. The news came on the same day, when IOA granted BFI affiliation, ending a long-standing impasse between the two sporting bodies which started in September 2016. The affiliation ended a standoff between IOA and BFI. BFI took charge of the sport after elections which conducted in the presence of International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Sports Ministry observers.

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