“COVID cannot stop Indian boxers to win at Tokyo. Our performances would be better than COVID-19.” Says 27 year old Ashish Chaudhary
Earlier Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to the outrageous ongoing pandemic, Indian athletes were recalled tp NIS Patiala for a camp most probably till Olympics 2021 now. Ashish Chaudhary qualified for the Tokyo Olympics earlier in March this month and since then it is the first time when the Indian Government has recalled their athletes for further training. Ashish says that he is obliged to come back and is feeling good to be back after a long rest. Also, he mentioned that the Academy is strictly following the guidelines of the government and social distancing is being maintained in most of the cases. Also, regular COVID tests are conducted to keep a check.
On asking about the possibility of getting an Olympic medal, Ashish Chaudhary said, “He is very confident about winning a medal instead of having some tough competition in his weight category. Also, there are former Olympic medalists and World Champions is his category but he believes in his practice and determination. He also believes that this is the best Olympic squad for India till now and also has some of the World Champions in their squad. Mostly, all the boxers who have qualified for Tokyo Olympics are on their peak and are training hard. He believes there would be a lot of medal winners in the Indian squad this time.
The Golden Boy of Himachal, Ashish Chaudhary is the national Gold medalist in 2015. He has represented India in the 69-75kg category in World Boxing Championship 2019. He has won Silver Medal in Asian Amateur Boxing Championship 2019 and clinched a Gold Medal in Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament in 2020. Recently, he grabbed a Bronze Medal in the Tokyo Summer Olympics Qualifiers and has Olympics successfully qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
“There has been a lot of changes in the body after a four month rest, this was the first time I had this long break and also there is a bit of increase in the weight as per my weight category but there is sufficient time to recover it and get back to basics.” Says the Indian boxer.
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