New Delhi: In a setback to India’s aspirations in the World Boxing Championships, key pugilist L Devendro Singh got injured on the opening day of the trials in Patiala on Tuesday.
It’s a huge blow to India as 20-year-old Devendro is considered a medal prospect in the 49-kg.
A silver medallist in the recent Asian championships, Devendro is currently the world No. 2 behind Russian boxer David Ayrapetyan.
According to information received from the camp, Devendro, who reached the quarter finals at the London Olympics, had suffered a deep cut under his eyebrows during the trials during a bout with Pankaj Saini.
He received five stitches, an official said.
The boxing federation officials, however, have still not ruled out his inclusion in the team.
He would not take part in the trials any more, but a final decision on his selection would be taken later, the official said.
The injury to Devendro, it is believed, occurred mainly because he was practising without a headgear to get accustomed to the new rule that would be applied during the World Championships.
The coaches, however, have now asked the boxers to use the headgear if they wanted to during training.
Also participating in the trials is 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, who has decided to stick to 75kg.
Like Vijender, making a comeback in Suranjoy Singh in the 52kg, who remained out of the ring for a considerable period because of a knee injury.