Calcutta: The city is set to host a five-nation boxing tournament, where a Pakistan team is likely to take part.
Sources in the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) informed that the tournament will begin on May 13 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium to commemorate the foundation of the national body.
‘The working president of the IABF, R. S. Dalal had discussions with the Union sports ministry, and they have given the green-signal for the tournament,” a senior IABF official said. “If it finally works out, this will be the first time that a Pakistan boxing team will take part in the tournament,” the official added.
It was also informed that the president of the International Association of Amateur Boxing Federation, Anwar Chowdhury, who is also a Pakistani, has expressed his willingness to send a boxing delegation to the city for the international meet.
Elaborating on the tournament, the IABF official said: “We are also planning to have Cuba for the tournament and an invitations will be sent soon.
“Once before, Cuba was finalised for a tournament, but they backed out at the last moment. So we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed regarding the top boxing nation in the world,” the official added.
It was also told that two countries from the former Soviet block will also feature in the five-day meet. “Our prime targets will be Uzbekistan and Kazaksthan, two of the stronger boxing nations of the world,” the official informed.
“There will also be two two Indian teams, A and B for the tournament.”
The state governemnt has also allotted the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra for the boxers to practise.
“It will be one of the biggest boxing extravaganza and the estimated budget is about Rs 60 to 70 lakhs,” the official informed.