IT was third time lucky for Dr CK Jerath,president,Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association,as he became the vice-president of Indian Boxing Federation in the annual general meeting (AGM) of the body held at Patiala on Sunday. Jerath,who was the technical official during the London Olympics,was re-elected for the post for the third time and sees this opportunity as a chance to play a useful part in the consistent show by Indian boxers at the world arena. In a chat with Sportline,Jerath talks about his third term plans,experience of London Olympics and performance of Chandigarh boxers at the national stage.
You have been chosen as the vice president for the third consective term. How do you see your role in the Indian Boxing Federetion and what are your plans for the future?
I am glad that I have been re-elected as vice president of the federation for the third time. It’s been a long journey and I see this as another oppurtunity to serve Indian boxing. The four-year term will be important for all of us since many important tournaments like Asian Games,Commonwealth Games and 2016 Olympics will be happening. Its an important phase for our boxers and we would be happy to aid them in their preparations. We have a new president in the form of Abhishek Matoria and I hope that he will do well as the president of the federation.
Indian boxing team came close to win a medal at London Olympics but most of the Indian boxers failed to advance beyond quarters. How do you rate this performance?
According to me,the Indian team did well in London. We were bit unfortunate that some of our boxers lost close bouts and the results did not go in our favour in some cases. Youngsters like Devendro Singh and Sumit Sangwan are talents for the future and will do well at the world stage. It was their first time in Olympics and I am sure that they will gain a lot from this experience. Talking of the experience at the London Olympics,the facilities at the Games Village were very good and it was a fantastic venue. The Indian contingent was happy about the facilities and the volunteers at the village made our task easy. The next Commonwealth Games will be played at Glasgow and I am sure the facilities there would be great.
Most of the Indian boxers come from the region and especially from Haryana. How do you see the rise of boxing in other states and what more plans are there for a state like Haryana?
We are lucky that we have got a vast talent pool and most of the boxers come from Haryana. Bhiwani have good facilities and the federation is hopeful that the government will provide infrastructure in other places also. Places like Karnal and Hisar have some good facilities but we need more. States like Punjab and Rajasthan have talent and we need to scout the best talent. The senior Nationals will be held in October and it will see the participation of some of India’s best boxers. It would be a tough competition in the senior Nationals and the boxers will cherish the challenge.
Chandigarh boxers have been doing well at the junior circuit. How do you see their chances at the senior level and what are your plans for upliftment of Chandigarh boxing?
Our boys have done well at the junior as well as sub-junior level. Recently,seven of our boxers won medals at the sub-junior nationals held at Akola,Maharashtra and we are happy about the performance. Two of our boxers claimed gold medals and both the boxers did very well. Junior boxers are also doing well about the national circuit and I hope the transition from the junior to senior circuit happens smoothly. We have now got a good boxing hall built at SD Public School and that has been an asset for the young boxers.