Asian Games 2018 gold medal-winning Indian boxer Amit Panghal was on Tuesday nominated for Arjuna awards by the Boxing Federation of India. Amit, who claimed the light flyweight (49kg) category gold after defeating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the Asiad final at Jakarta, was nominated last year as well for the second highest sporting honour after the Khel Ratna.
However, he was not considered due to a failed dope test in 2012, for which he served a one-year ban. He started the year with a gold at Strandja memorial tournament in Bulgaria before moving up to 52kg.
He clinched a gold in his new weight category in the Asian championship, beating Dusmatov again. BFI has nominated Panghal yet again after taking into consideration his remarkable performances this year.
Amit Panghal now eyes a spot Olympics and wants to win medal for India. He worked on himself which eventually helped him to increase weight from 49 kg to 52 kg. He knows that the slots at Olympics will start from 52 kg, and wants to maitain it to that at least.
(With Inputs: PTI)