Ignored for the Arjuna award because of an “inadvertent” doping violation in 2012, trailblazing Indian boxing ace Amit Panghal (52kg) mentioned he doesn’t care for private honours however pleaded for a Dronacharya award for his formative coach Anil Dhankar.
Panghal turned the primary Indian boxer to say a silver medal on the just-concluded World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. He’s additionally an Asian Video games and Asian Championships gold-medallist.
Nevertheless, he has not been thought of for Arjuna award because of a failed dope check again in 2012, for which he served a one-year ban. The “inadvertent” violation was through the therapy he underwent for hen pox that yr.
“I don’t really care for awards for myself but I would be grateful if Anil Dhankar, my formative coach is considered for the Dronacharya. He has shaped me in my early years and had it not been for him, I would not be the boxer that I am today,” Panghal advised PTI.
“I began boxing in 2008 and Dhankar sir has been my rock ever since. Even now, it is Dhankar sir that I go to when I need guidance on any matter. An award for him would be an award for me too. In fact, it will make me happier,” he mentioned.
The 45-year-old Dhankar has by no means been concerned with any of the nationwide groups however was a nationwide stage medallist throughout his time as a boxer. He was grateful to his ward for the love.
“I have actually known him since 2005. To me, he is family. I have a close relationship with all his family members and he is like my own child. I still remember how skillful he came across despite being so small. He has made me very proud,” he mentioned.
The Boxing Federation of India has vowed to appoint Panghal yearly until the time his identify is among the many winners.
“The BFI insists it will keep nominating me, I am thankful for this consideration. But all I want to do is win medals for India and I am glad I am able to do that wherever I compete,” he mentioned.
“As long as I am winning medals for the country, personal awards do not matter to me,” he added.
The 23-year-old Naib Subedar within the Indian Military has been within the type of his life for the previous two years. And even a change in weight class — from 49kg to 52kg has had little affect on his performances.
By his personal admission, he was cautious of how issues would pan out after the leap however a gold medal on the Asian Championships and the silver on the world showpiece has all however buried any skepticism in his thoughts.
The subsequent massive task for him can be the Asian Olympic Qualifying event in China subsequent February.
“It is another challenge and I am trying to better myself for it. Power in punches would be crucial and I am working towards it,” he mentioned.