Shiva, Deepak to lead 13-member Indian squad

New Delhi, Apr 08 (PTI):
Six-time Asian Championships medallist Shiva Thapa and 2019 Asian Championships silver medallist Deepak Bhoria will headline the Indian squad for the upcoming men’s World Boxing Championships to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from April 30 to May 14.
Shiva, who won a World Championships bronze in Doha in 2015, will be looking to add another medal to his name. He will be representing the country in the 63.5kg category.
Deepak, who has been one of the most improved boxers in recent times, will be carrying the country’s hopes in the 51kg flyweight category.
He announced his arrival on the global stage in 2021 when he defeated the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist and 2019 world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan at the Strandja Memorial tournament.
“Men’s team has been working extremely hard and I wish them all the best. I am confident each one of them will make the country proud,” said Ajay Singh, president, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) in a release.
“We had recently witnessed the Indian women boxers giving one of the best medal haul of all time at the Delhi World Championship, and I hope our boys will make us proud once again at the IBA men’s World Boxing Championships.”
The Indian team will leave for Tashkent on April 17 as they will attend a multi-nation training camp before the World Championships.

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