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sumit sangwan


Though I somehow missed 'the round of 32 of 81 Kg category' boxing match last night at the London Olympics, however it was extremely sad to hear in the morning that India's valiant boxer- Sumit Sangwan had to lose to his Brazilian opponent- Yamaguchi Falacao, under 'controversial' circumstances despite fighting so bravely. 

According to reports, the 19-year-old talented youth from Haryana, was in a sparkling form and fought very bravely. He should have won more points but the judges thought otherwise. Even the ESPN commentators were surprised by the verdict and called it "daylight robbery".

The reports even mentioned that Sangwan almost looked to have taken the first round but the judges decision meant he was left behind by one point. Despite the fact that he came out very strongly in the 2nd round, to the surprise of the commentators, the bout was given in favour of the Brazilian 5-4.

Sangwan, however took the third round (6-5) but that was not enough and eventually, he became the  the second boxer, after Shiva Thapa, to be knocked out in the round of 32.
Other Indian boxers-Vijender Singh (75 kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60 kg) have though, qualified for the round of 16 with convincing wins over their opponents.

After this incident, India's Chef de Mission Brigadier Raja had complained against the verdict on the direction from Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken, however, unfortunately, even his plea got rejected. 

Interesting bits:

  • Sumit Sangwan had qualified for the London Olympics at the Asian Olympic qualifier by winning a gold medal.
  • The 19-year-old boxer from Haryana created waves at this tourney, which was his first senior international tournament.
  • "I had undergone rigorous training to achieve a place in the team. 
    An Olympics medal certainly brings a change in a player's life and I will not leave anything to chance to accomplish this,"- as told to Tribune, India. 

Sources: http://ndtv.com, http://tribuneindia.com