Bangkok, April 8: Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar on Saturday shined in Thailand International Tournament and won a gold medal in the 49- kilogram category. Notably, he clinched the medal without even stepping inside the ring for his summit clash.
However, Shyam was to take on Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final but Dusmatov pulled out of the bout owing to an injury, giving the Indian his second gold medal at the event.
Earlier, K Shyam Kumar advanced to the final after defeating Mongolia's Gankhuyag Gan-Erdene. Whereas, Dusmatov got the better of Korea's Kim Un Song in his semifinal bout. Notably, Shyam had won gold at the 2015 edition of the event.
India’s star boxer Rohit Tokas (64kg) lost in the semi-finals to settle for a bronze medal. Incidentally, Rohit had won a bronze medal in the 2015 edition as well. India thus finished the tournament with two medals. Interestingly, the country had sent a seven-strong team for the event, of which four boxers lost in the opening round.
Importantly, the news comes on the same day the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) once again granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), ending a long-standing impasse between the two bodies.
"As per the directives of the International Olympic Committee vide their letter dated February 7, the IOA grants affiliation to the BFI subject to ratification by the Executive Council/General Body of the IOA," the IOA stated in a letter to BFI President Ajay Singh.
The affiliation ends a logjam that goes back to September last year when BFI took charge of the sport after elections conducted in the presence of International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Sports Ministry observers.