Praising his fellow boxers for his or her efficiency on the not too long ago concluded Commonwealth Games, star pugilist and gold medal winner Vikas Krishan Yadav asserted that the Indian squad will enhance their medal haul on the Asian Video games later this yr. India picked up 9 boxing medals on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in Gold Coast, Australia, earlier this month. All of the eight Indian boxers within the males’s classes completed on the rostrum whereas five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom received gold within the ladies’s 48 kg division. Vikas was assured that Indian boxers will put up a a lot better present at this yr’s Asian Video games than the 2014 version, though he admitted that the usual will probably be a lot harder than the Commonwealth Video games.
“There is no comparison between the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. The Asiad is like a mini Olympics. Countries like Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Mongolia, China and former Soviet nations like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are among the stronger nations in world boxing. The Asian Games is going to be much tougher. We will not get such easy competition like the Commonwealth Games,” Vikas advised IANS.
“But still we should improve our medal haul at the Asian Games, including at least one gold. Last time we got just two medals when Satish and I got bronzes in our respective categories. This time we should get four to five medals,” he added.
Nonetheless, the 26-year-old felt that with all eight Indian boxers among the many males reaching the semi-finals of their respective classes, the variety of gold medals ought to have been larger.
Gaurav Solanki, who emerged champion within the flyweight (52kg) division, was the one Indian other than Vikas to win gold among the many males.
“Overall performance was good, but we could have won more gold medals. Manish (Kaushik), Amit (Phangal) and Satish (Kumar) all lost by very small margins in their respective finals. All these finals were extremely close and could have gone either way,” the Haryana pugilist stated.
“The final bouts that our boxers won, like me and Gaurav Solanki, were by 5:0 margins. But the finals that we lost were by scores like 3:2. So the fact that five of our boxers did so well after reaching their respective finals reveals volumes of our high standards,” he added.
Vikas, who received gold within the middleweight (75kg) class in Gold Coast, asserted that he didn’t face an excessive amount of of a problem on his technique to the maiden Commonwealth Video games title of his profession.
“It was not tough for me at all. Everybody was saying that I had a very tough draw, but I did not face too much of a challenge. I had a bit of a trouble in the quarter-finals, but after that I beat three Olympians from the 2016 Rio Games one after the other,” the Indian Military boxer stated.
“Fighting three Olympians in consecutive bouts is not an easy task. But I registered one-sided victories in each of those bouts,” he added.