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Power ring for Borromeo

Jamshedpur-based Olympian Charles Borromeo has been appointed competition director (boxing) for the 62nd All India Police Cluster Wrestling Championship to be held in Ranchi from December 6-13.

The 56-year-old former athlete will be responsible for the smooth functioning of the boxing event during the tourney that is being held for the first time in Jharkhand.

Organised by Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP), it will be held at Khel Gaon.

“I thank the federation for this responsibility and will try to do my best,” Borromeo, who won a gold in 800m for India in Asian Games (1982) and represented India in the Los Angeles Olympics (1984) said.

Boxing apart, the championship will have four other disciplines — wrestling, judo, weightlifting and gymnastics. Over 400 sportspersons from different states will take part in the meet.

A functionary of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, the apex body that monitors the sport, said Borromeo’s job would be to organise the event according to their guidelines.

“Charles Borromeo is a seasoned hand in conducting such events. He was chosen due to his experience and thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of the game,” boxing federation assistant secretary Rakesh Thakran told The Telegraph over phone from New Delhi.

A senior manager at Tata Steel sports department, Borromeo is a key figure associated with hosting national and state level athletics championships in Jamshedpur.

He was also the technical convener of 34th National Games in Ranchi in 2011.

The former athlete, who represented India at 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, is also actively associated with sports events for special athletes. In 2005, he was appointed sports director by Special Olympics Bharat, an organisation working for the mentally-challenged.

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