Boys take part in the fitness test at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Tuesday. (Bhola Prasad)
Wannabe pugilists from the steel city and neighbouring areas underwent a fitness test as a part of a selection trial for entry to the Day Boarding Boxing Training Centre at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Tuesday evening.
Around 40 boys in the age group of 9-14 displayed their prowess in 100m sprint, 800m and shuttle running during the trial conducted by the state sports department.
Before that training centre mentors Kartik Mahto, Ajit Singh and B.K. Jena verified age certificates submitted by the participants.
“Boys who live within 7km radius of Jamshedpur took part in the trial. Today we judged their fitness level. We will see them in the boxing ring tomorrow (Wednesday), when the participants will go through punching, skipping and sparring,” said coach Kartik Mahto.
According to him, 25 boys will be short-listed for induction into the centre for two-year-long training. All expenses will be borne by the sports department.
Mahto added selection did not guarantee that boys would complete the entire training programme successfully.
“Performance is going to be key. The selected cadets will be kept under constant watch. Those who learn and show improvement will be allowed to stay and complete the session. But boys who don’t show any improvement will be omitted from the list,” he added.
The cadets hone their skills in morning and evening sessions at the centre under experienced mentors.
Manoj Maity, an aspirant, said he was looking forward to become a boxer and would try his best to perform well during the trials. “I love boxing and want to become a pugilist. I also watch bouts on TV,” he added, before submitting his age related documents.
The residential boxing centre was set up in 2009.