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Indian pugilists leave for Youth Commonwealth Games

September 07, 2011 23:05 IST

A six-member Indian boxing team, part of the 31-member Indian contingent, left for the Isle of Man to participate in the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011.

The competition slated to be held from September 7th to 13th will be one of the most prestigious sporting events ever to be hosted on the island, with a total of 64 Commonwealth nations set to attend.

The fourth Youth Commonwealth Games will be contested in seven sporting discipline -- Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rugby 7's and Swimming.

The boxing discipline, which kicks off at the Royal Hall tomorrow, will witness 77 athletes from 30 countries vying for top honours.

Coach in charge of the youth team, G Manoharan said, "The event will provide an ideal platform for our boys to excel and make a name in the international arena. Moreover the experience gained here will add value to their repertoire and enhance the confidence of our boxers."

"We have four boxers participating this time around and I believe all four are medal contenders. They performed well at the recently concluded Cuban Youth Olympics and I am confident of a good showing in this competition as well," he added.

Sumit Sangwan, a silver medallist at 2010 Asian Boxing Championships, will lead the Indian charge at the games.

"It is a big opportunity to be representing our country at Youth Commonwealth games and I am sure I am going to do well," said Sangwan.

Rahul Poonia (49kg), who recently won a gold medal at the Cuba Youth Olympics, is looking build on his international experience via this event.

"This is my second international event and I want to absorb as much as possible and gradually build my confidence as well as enhance my skills in the ring," said the reigning youth national champion.

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