The Boxing Federation of India has decided to send the national team from Italy to Jordan before their scheduled date fearing repercussions of Coronavirus outbreak. The Asia-Olympic Boxing qualifier will take place between March 3 and 11 in Amman, Jordan and the Indian team, which was to initially depart on February 28, will now leave on either Tuesday night or Wednesday. Also Read - Coronavirus: Yuzvendra Chahal's Latest Hilarious TikTok Video During COVID-19 Lockdown is Trending | WATCH
The call was made after the BFI decided to take into consideration India chief coach Santiago Nieva’s suggestion, who informed the association about the possible consequences due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, including shutting of airports, in case of which it was better to send the pugilists to Jordan as soon as possible. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown May Cost India's Economy $4.64 bn on Daily Basis: Report
“The federation has arranged everything for the players and the situation is under control at present,” BFI’s Executive Director RK Sacheti told IANS. “Santiago had conveyed us the situation. We have confirmed their bookings in Jordan and they are all set to receive the Indian team. Everything seems right now. There was no problem in Rome airport as it is functioning. The team was supposed to leave on February 28, but we did all the possible arrangement to prepone the departure.” Also Read - Learn All About Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus, to Prevent Its Occurrence
In January, the event was rescheduled in Amman, Jordan, just days after the original event set for Wuhan, China was cancelled due to the deadly outbreak of coronavirus.
The original dates were scheduled for February 3-14, and would have made it the first boxing qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics set for this summer. Now that honor falls to the Africa qualifier, which is set for Feb. 20-29 in Dakar, Senegal. That will then be followed by the Europe qualifier from March 13-23 in London, the Americas qualifier from March 26-April 3 in Buenos Aires and the “last chance” world qualifier from May 13-24 in Paris.
Meanwhile, BFI General Secretary Jay Kowli said: “The situation is not that serious. There’s a fear of coronovirus so we spoke to the officials from Italy and Jordan.”
A total of eight men’s divisions – flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and super heavyweight), and five women’s divisions – flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight will be contested from July 25 to August 9 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.