Jaipur: Akhil Kumar, who was being considered as one of the boxing medal prospects for India in the London Olympics, has become a sufferer of overweight. The boxer hopes of making it to the Olympics were sunk after he failed to reduce weight in time to be included in the Asian Continental Olympic qualification tournament, to be held in Astana (Kazakhstan) in April.
The boxer, who was gearing up to take part in the 61 kg event at the World Series Boxing could not be qualified to participate in the Olympic qualifiers’ bantam-weight category (56 kg).
The boxer had appeared for the national trials in Patiala preceding week, where he was declared overweight, leading to his ruling out from the national team.
Indian Amateur Boxing Federation secretary general PK Muralidharan Raja told that “At the time of trials, he was overweight by 2kg, so we had to keep him out of the process. Though he didn’t play any match in the WSB, yet he was preparing for the 61 kg event. He tried hard to reduce weight but failed.”
Akhil said that “I had a calf muscle pull, as a result of which I failed to reduce weight. I could neither fight in the WSB, nor in the qualifiers. This is what life is all about.”
He added that “As a senior player, I had requested them to give me two weeks more. I know there are formalities, but they could have tried.”