Boxers Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan Yadav (75kg) on June 23 became India’s latest pugilist to qualify for the Rio Olympics, when the two won their respective quarterfinal bouts in the ongoing AIBA World Olympic qualification tournament.
The duo will next take part in their respective Semi-Final bouts but even if they fail to win their matches they have still secured their spots.
While Manoj won against Tajikistan’s Rakhimov Shakvakatdzhon 3-0, Krishan won his match against Korea’s Lee Dongyun by a similar margin of 3-0.
In addition, despite his loss boxer Sumit Sangwan (81kg) is also in the hunt for the Olympics Quota as the fifth available spot in his category will go to one lucky quarter-final loser, whose opponent goes on to win the gold medal.
Till now Shiva Thapa (56kg) was the only India boxer to have qualified for Rio Olympics.
Thapa had qualified after defeating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Yeraliev in the bantamweight finals of the Asia and Oceania Olympic qualifiers.
The AIBA World Olympic qualification event in currently taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan.