The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has recently recommended the name of Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal for the second highest sporting honour of Arjuna Awards 2019. The 23-year-old young boxer who clinched the gold in the thrilling finals of Asiad at Jakarta against Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov, was earlier banned by the boxing authorities in 2012 after he failed to clear the doping test. Notably, this is not the first time when Panghal is nominating for Arjuna Awards as his name was picked up last year as well.
Earlier in the last week, Panghal added one more gold to his account as the star Indian boxer won the finals of 2019 Asian Boxing Championships against Kim Inkyu of Korea in 52 kg Men’s category at Bangkok. This was his maiden international competition since the Indian has been moved to the category of 52 kg category from 49 kg this year. Interestingly, the triumph made him the only Indian male boxer to grab a gold in 2019 edition of Asian Boxing Championships.
Before moving up to a new category in his professional career, Panghal started the year with a gold medal in Strandzha Cup at Sofia in February 2019 after which he proceeded his winning momentum in other matches also.
Panghal made his boxing debut in 2017 and since then he continues to shine out in Boxing world. Moreover, BFI has nominated the young talent yet again for his outstanding performances so far. Apart from the boxer, many other sports personalities from different fields have also been nominated for the honour. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) recommended the names of Rahul Aware, Divya Kakran, Harpreet Singh and Pooja Dhanda for Arjuna Awards while BCCI nominated Indian pacers like Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and women’s team player Poonam Yadav for the prestigious honour.