Vinod Tanwar tests positive for COVID-19, withdrawn from Asian Championships
(Sourced from PTI)
South Asian Games gold medalist Indian boxer Vinod Tanwar (49kg) has been withdrawn from the Indian men's boxing team for the Asian Championships in Dubai after he tested positive for COVID-19. Tanwar, who had traveled for a tournament in Russia's St. Petersburg last month, had gone home for a break after he returned back to the country.
The 23-year-old returned positive for the virus when he was tested in isolation on his return to Patiala earlier this week, ruling him out from what would have been his maiden appearance at the continental showpiece. "There would be no replacement and India will not be contesting in the 49kg category of 2021 ASBC Asian Championships," the Boxing Federation of India said.
Tanwar had won gold in the 2019 South Asian Games. Apart from that, he is also a National Championship bronze-medalist. Most of India's nine Olympic-bound boxers, including Amit Panghal (52kg) and MC Mary Kom (51kg), will compete in the event, which begins on Monday. The squad landed in Dubai on Friday evening aboard an air-bubble flight.
The Indian squad for the upcoming event includes Mohammad Hussamuddin (56kg), Varinder Singh (60kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg) and Narender (+91kg). The women boxers that would be participating are Monika (48kg), Sakshi (54kg), Jasmine (57kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Saweety (81kg) and Anupama (+81kg).