’Indian pugilists can win three medals’
Story Dated: Saturday, July 7, 2012 13:52 hrs IST
Panaji: Indian pugilists can win three medals at the London Olympics, said a top boxing referee from Goa who will attend the 2012 games as an observer.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Lenny D'Gama, a technical advisor to the Goa Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) and an international boxing referee, said that the Indian boxing delegation's lone woman pugilist and five time world champion M.C. Mary Kom had a great chance of winning a medal, along with Olympic medal winner Vijender Singh.
"We should pick up at least three medals. There's Shiva Thapa. Vijender (Singh) will do it again I think. And Mary Kom has a good chance of winning too," said Lenny who has refereed three boxing world championships in the past, apart from officiating in the 2010 Asian Games in China.
Lenny, however, wishes that he was going for the London Olympics as a referee than as an observer.
"Of course it's a very big thing. I wish I was going as a referee, but I am going as an observer this time to London," Lenny said.
Eight boxers will represent India at the London Olympics.