Indian Boxers leave for London Olympics 2012

Eight-member Indian boxing team left for London Olympics 2012 with hopes of rich medals. Seven men and one woman are are part of London Olympics 2012 team from India. While the men's team will have Vijender Singh, Asian Games gold medallists Vikas Krishan and young sensations Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom will be the lone woman. The men boxers will leave on Friday night for a week's training in London before they check in to the Games Village. The lone Indian woman boxer to have qualified, MC Mary Kom (51 kg), will leave for Liverpool on the 20th. Vijender Singh (75 kg), L Devendro Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Shiv Thapa (56kg) are the seven men boxers to have qualified. Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) general secretary PKM Raja noted, “The Indian boxers have become a force to reckon with. Four of them qualified from the World Championship and others from the Asian Championship. They all have potential to win medals.”
A cash bonanza awaits Indian boxers if they notch up medals at the London Olympics If any one of them manages to strike gold, Indian Boxing Federation's sponsors will give that boxer Rs 51 lakh in prize. The prize money has been set at Rs 21 lakh for silver medal winners and Rs 11 lakh for bronze winners. The awards were announced at a chaotic send-off function organised for the boxers, who would be leaving for London tomorrow to train and get acclimatised before the Games kick off on July 27.

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