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Visa extension clears Indian boxers’ way for Cologne World Cup | Boxing News

NEW DELHI: The Indian boxing team has landed itself a big-ticket tournament – the Cologne World Cup in Germany, scheduled from December 17 to 19 at the Motorworld.
The tournament will provide the country’s female boxers their first opportunity to compete for medals since the lockdown. The male pugilists had participated in the invitational ‘Alexis Vastine International’ boxing tournament in Nantes, France from October 28 to 30, but the level of competition was nowhere closer to the one offered by the Cologne meet. The Cologne World Cup is the new official name of the prestigious Chemistry Cup, which the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) has been organising since 1970.
The opportunity to take part in this tournament came for the Indians due to the Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) efforts to get the visas of boxers and coaching support staff extended for 10 more days. The Indian contingent, which had been camping in Italy’s Assisi for a training-cum-competition programme since mid-October, were originally scheduled to return to India on Thursday after the expiry of their visas. Since the boxers were in Europe and the World Cup dates were so close by, it was decided by the coaching staff to seek visa extension so that the boxers could participate in a world-class meet. The BFI then used diplomatic channels to secure the extension.
Boxers and coaches waited anxiously to hear from the BFI and the good news finally reached them late Wednesday evening that their visas have been extended. A 13-member boxing team – eight male and five female pugilists – along with six coaches, doctor Karanjeet Singh and two physios reached Frankfurt airport on Thursday from Assisi and then left for Cologne.
They were tested for Covid-19 at the airport and all of them returned negative. The team will return to India on December 21.
The tournament will have around 100 boxers from 8 nations including India, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Croatia, Ukraine and Germany. The competition will be held in 13 weight categories.