Sathish Kumar becomes 1st ‘super heavyweight’ boxer to qualify for Olympics

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India will finally have someone competing in the category of Super heavyweight (+91 kg), thanks to Sathish Kumar.

The veteran has qualified for the Olympics for the first time in his decade-long career. The boxer says that a bit of luck and a “secret strategy” is the reason why he is currently enjoying his best days.

“This would be my first Olympic Games, I don’t have words to express how happy I am. Add to this, I am the first Indian super heavyweight to qualify for an Olympics. Wow! That’s quite something,” Kumar told PTI in a telephonic interview from Amman. He also added: “There are some strategies which can never be revealed to anyone. They are a secret. All I can say is that I have worked very, very hard to get here.”

Kumar is an Asian Games bronze-medallist (2014), a Commonwealth Games silver-winner (2018) and a two-time bronze-winner at the Asian Championships (2015 and 2019). He qualified for his maiden Olympics — in Tokyo later this year — by making the semifinals of the ongoing Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan on Sunday night.