NEW DELHI: India’s Tokyo Olympics medal hope in men’s boxing, Amit Panghal, must be a happy man these days. His long-standing wish to have his childhood coach Anil Dhankar guide him through his Olympic preparations has finally fructified.
Dhankar has joined Panghal as his personal coach at the ongoing elite men’s national boxing camp at the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) in Bellary.
However, his appointment as coach wasn’t so straightforward. Dhankar’s selection witnessed a fair bit of drama over the past two weeks when he suddenly found his boxing qualification being changed from a veteran coach to a ‘motivator’!
Interestingly, it was the Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) coaches Commission which had recommended his name as a ‘motivator’ to Panghal.
The confusion prompted Panghal to directly write to the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) division, indicating a “typo error” from the BFI for “mistakenly” addressing Dhankar as a motivator.
However, a mail from the BFI to TOPS CEO on December 23 had clearly defined Dhankar’s role as a motivator.
“The coaches commission of the BFI has recommended the name of Mr Anil Dhankar to be attached as motivator of Mr Amit in the upcoming coaching camp from January 5, 2021,” read the mail.
In this context, Panghal communicated to the TOPS division about what he referred to as typo error on the part of the BFI.