Amit Phangal is by far the most successful Indian boxer right now but is unlikely to be considered even this year as the criteria does not allow for dope-tainted nominations.
Amit Phangal. (Twitter Photo)
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is likely to recommend Tokyo bound pugilist Amit Panghal for Arjuna award this year yet again. The federation has been sending his the name for the past two years but the boxer failed to get nominated because of past doping case.
The 24-year-old Commonwealth Games silver-medallist is by far the most successful Indian boxer right now but is unlikely to be considered even this year as the criteria does not allow for dope-tainted nominations.
However, the federation is still hopeful that he might get it this time, considering his brilliant form.
“We have said it last year also that we will continue to send Amit Panghal name till he gets it. He is one of India’s best boxer right now and deserve it. We will again recommend his name for the award. He has made India proud on several occasions. He has now qualified for Tokyo Olympics as well. He can even win medal in Tokyo,” a BFI official told Mail Today on Wednesday.
“There are few other names as well for the award but I can’t share right now.”
The Haryana boxer had earlier appealed to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to make the national sports awards “nomination/application free.”
Amit, who made history last year by becoming the first Indian to win silver in the men’s boxing World Championships, said that the current process lacks transparency and technicalities often lead to deserving sportspersons not getting the awards.
“Current process is that a sportsperson has to send an application and then sports committee selects on the basis of such received applications. This process itself is very difficult as many times on technical grounds of application, deserving sportsperson has been denied such prestigious sports award. Award selection is also based on discriminative (sic) decision of sports committee members who hold no accountability of decision,” Panghal had said in a letter to Rijiju.