CA Kuttappa, a Dhronacharya awardee, took over as India’s new chief boxing coach during the beginning of the ongoing national camp, on December 10, 2018. He succeeds veteran boxing coach SR Singh, who has now retired.
The 39-year-old, who was an assistant coach earlier, is credited with shaping some of the country’s most successful boxers such as Vijender Singh, M Suranjoy Singh and Shiva Thapa. The Army man said his elevation was High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva’s idea.
1. Star pugilist Vikas Krishan (75kg), a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and Asian Games bronze-winner, was left out of the national camp following his decision to sign up with American promoter Bob Arum.
2. Kuttappa is just one of the two coaches from the reigning national champions, the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), in the camp.
3. The line-up of coaches at the camp was mostly dominated by coaches from the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). RSPB’s representation in the coaches’ list was five including the long-serving Jaydev Bisht, Lalit Prasad, Jai Singh Patil, Jitender Kumar and Jagdip Hooda.
4. Another CWG-medallist, Manoj Kumar, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a few long-standing niggles, was also absent from the camp.
5. The current set of boxers in the camp, barring the national champions, will be giving trials in the second week of January, which will lead to pruning and form the basis of selection for the India Open and the prestigious Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria.