Doubts over Asian Boxing Championship in Delhi due to rising Covid-19 cases

Asian Boxing Championship: The Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, listed to start May 21st in Delhi, might have to be jeopardized or revoked due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

India is in the midst of a COVID-19 surge, viewing regular reports for diseases and deaths, and widespread shortages of hospital beds and critical medical supplies. Over the weekend, Indian health officials prolonged what was formerly assumed to be a 1-week lockdown in Delhi to least May 3rd.

The Indo-Asian News Service quoted a Boxing Federation of India official as saying:

The prevailing situation is so scary that participating countries wouldn’t like to travel to New Delhi, which is one of the hotspots for coronavirus in India

Asian Boxing Championship was delayed before

The Championships were delayed from November of 2020 due to COVID-19 issues. The competition has been a necessary practice ground for Asian Olympians and a springboard for important pro champions such as Gennadiy Golovkin and Murodjon Akhmadaliev, gold medalists in 2004 and 2017, respectively.

In the U.S., decreasing infection flows and comprehensive vaccination exercises have enabled boxing to take experimental measures towards comfortable protocols and public attendance in recent months.

In the meantime, the pandemic has produced plunder amongst the Indian Olympic boxing teams. 21 members of the women’s national camp, including at least one Tokyo qualifier, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past month. Ten members of the men’s camp tested positive in late February and March.

If the Asian Boxing Championship 2021 does happen as planned, it would finish about 53 days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

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