Shillong, Sept. 12: The Meghalaya Boxing Association (MBA) intends to create an academy to provide better training to several promising pugilists.
Association president John F. Kharshiing said training facilities in the state are not up to the mark, thereby hindering the prospects of many prospective medal-winners.
“We will approach the Meghalaya government to provide us land so that we can set up an academy for training our young boxers,” Kharshiing said after two boxers were felicitated at Shillong Press Club this evening.
In Garo Hills, the chief executive member of the Garo Hills autonomous district council Purno K. Sangma has offered land to the association for putting in place a training centre, he added.
Lauding the efforts of Sebestian Nongrum and Kushal Gurung, the two young boxers who brought home bronze medals from the 28th sub-junior men’s National Boxing Championship, president of Shillong Press Club David Laitphlang showered words of encouragement on the pugilists.
“In spite of several hurdles, it is encouraging to see our young boxers bringing laurels to our state,” Laitphlang said after felicitating Nongrum and Gurung.
He also said better training facilities should be provided to the boxers to ensure improved performance.
Nongrum is from the Ri Bhoi Boxing Association. Gurung hails from the Boys Sports Coy.
Altogether, there were 13 boxers from the state between 12 and 16 years of age who had participated in the championship which was held from August 26-31 at Akola in Maharashtra.