At time when novel coronavirus poses a major threat for athletes playing contact sports, Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence at the National Boxing Academy, Rohtak, has started providing e-training to national level boxers.
Over 650 boxers in youth, junior and sub-junior categories are benefiting from the coaching and education programme devised by the NCOE-NBA Chief Executive Satish Sarhadi and BFI executive director RK Sancheti. The draft plan has a stamp of approval from Director General, SAI, Sandip Pradhan.
There being no certainty on how long could it take to start physical camps, resuming training in a strength and power sport like boxing was important. Missing training even for several days leads to a major difference in the performance.
In order to keep up the momentum of physical exercises and basic boxing skills, Sarhadi and the Boxing Federation of India had jointly mooted the idea of online “coaching and education” programme for all-India youth, juniors and sub-juniors athletes.
BFI has extended their skilled resources for live exercise sessions and individual counselling along with the coaches, nutritionists, doctors, psychologists and physiologists.
The programme also includes guidance to deal with the unprecedented Covid-19 challenge and mitigate its threat.
SAI National Centre of Excellence at the National Boxing Academy, Rohtak, has setup an in-house studio to transmit live classes from 7 am to 9 am on weekdays with the Saturday having having a joint training session for all. The coaching pattern is following fortnight-long uniform training modules.
The trainers’ team includes youth women national team head coach Bhaskar Bhatt and coach Abhishek Shah; youth men’s boxing team head coach Abhishek Malviya; and junior girls national team head coach Amanpreet Kaur.
SAI, BFI, Army Sports Institute (ASI), Railways and State Coaches monitor the programme as the local level and keep a daily record of the trainees.
Nutrition, health, hygiene and overall wellbeing of the trainees is also being ensured through one-to-one sessions by expert nutritionists, physiotherapists, doctors and psychologists of SAI & BFI.