India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik – I will do my best to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games
India proved excellent performance in the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Amman and one of their hopes Manish Kaushik also qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Indian boxer lost his quarter-final to Mongolia’s Asian Games silver medallist Baatarsukh Chinzorig but he was able to win the important Box-off over Australia’s Commonwealth Games winner Harry Garside in a hectic battle.
Manish Kaushik was born in 1996 and following his junior and youth successes, he was involved to the elite national team in 2017. He defeated his main national rival former ASBC Asian Champion Shiva Thapa a few-times to keep his place in the top team. Kaushik was silver medallist in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and earned bronze at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships before taking his Olympic spot for Tokyo in the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.
“I lost to Australia’s Harry Garside in the final of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where I got a silver medal. In our re-match I could beat him in the Box-off of the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event therefore that bout was not only for the Olympics but it was a revenge for the Commonwealth Games.
It was a tough fight against the Australian who prepared well and technically he developed in the recent two years. I was injured in the first round but my coaches motivated me well and I could accomplish my dream in Amman. I am very happy to get a quota and I can represent India in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
I received many positive and fantastic messages after my Olympic quota especially from the Army officials and the Indian Sports Minister. I will do my best to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games but I know my weight class is seriously difficult.
These are really hard period for me as we all need to stay at home during this Covid-19 pandemic. I wash my hands very often, sanitize my environment, keeping the social distancing and I take care about my food.
It is very difficult for the Indian boxers to practice without partner but I am lucky as my younger brother Sahil is also in the sport, he is still in the junior age group,” summarized India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik who is aiming for an Olympic medal in Tokyo.
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