Commonwealth Youth Games – Asian results
Three Asian medals in the Commonwealth Youth Games
Five Asian nations attended in the boxing tournament of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa where the competition was held in eight weight classes from 49 kg up to the 81 kg. Boxers who were born in 1997 and 1998 were eligible to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games.
The fifth edition Commonwealth Youth Games which was taken place in Apia, Samoa where the Asian boxers claimed three medals in the multisport event. India is the top boxing nation among the Commonwealth countries of the Asian continent and their athletes were able to get one silver and two bronze medals in Samoa.
ASBC Asian Youth Champion and Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympian Gaurav Solanki advanced to the final of the Flyweight class (52 kg) after three great triumphs in Apia and only Australiaâ€™s new hope Jack Bowen was able to stop him in a narrow bout. Solanki was more tired than his Australian opponent due his harder road to the final and could not repeat his previous preliminary and quarter-final performance.
ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Leichombam Bhimchand Singh is spending only his first year in the youth level. He had a great triumph in the quarter-final but he lost to eventual winner Aaron McKenna of Northern Ireland in the semi-final and bagged a bronze medal at the Light Flyweight class (49 kg).
Former ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Champion 18-year-old Prayag Chauhan defeated Australiaâ€™s Jack Seabourne in the quarter-finals of the Light Welterweight class (64 kg) but lost to also to the eventual winner in Apia and bagged the third Indian medal in the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Singapore sent two athletes to the Commonwealth Youth Games and their younger hope Prithiv Raaj Elansharan defeated a strong rival in the preliminary round of the Flyweight class (52 kg) but he was eliminated by a host nation athlete in the quarter-finals. Their second boxer Muhammad Bin Abdul Rahman received new experiences in the international level.
Pakistan also sent a team to the Commonwealth Youth Games to manage their young athletes but both of their hopes were eliminated in the preliminary round of the event. Bangladesh attended in the Commonwealth Youth Games with two athletes and both proved better performance in comparison to their youth and junior results in the recent years. Malaysia have been there in the Commonwealth Youth Games with four boxers and among them Muhammad Azlizam Abu Talib (52 kg) and Muhammad Asri Bin Hazreen Mokhtar (60 kg) were near to get a medal in Apia.
Some of the boxers who were born in 1998 can take part in the 2016 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.