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How Diamond Boxing Academy is overcoming limitations to create champions

LockerRoom Team
07 December 2021

A room with limited space and equipment in Delhi has been the breeding ground for champions for quite some time now. Set up by former boxers Jitender Tokas and Naveen Tokas, the Diamond Boxing Academy might be operating from limited space at the moment but the goals and dreams of the academy have no limits.

Boxers to Coaches

It was the problems that Jitender and Naveen faced as boxers that led them to the creation of the academy. Jitender notes that he used to travel hours to get his boxing training, something which he did not want the next generation of boxers to go through.

Both Jitender and Naveen hail from Delhi and have impressive resumes to showcase. As a coach, Jitender has participated in multiple tournaments including the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship, Commonwealth Games, and National Games. He also holds the AIBA 1-Star Coaching certificate.

Naveen, meanwhile, holds a 3-Star referee certificate under the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and has been the team coach for multiple national championships. Nevertheless, what calls out the success of a boxing team is not the achievement of the coaches but that of the boxers, and for Diamond Boxing Academy, there is no scarcity of the same.

The success stories from the academy

Despite the limitations under which the academy is operating, a string of international level boxers has sharpened their skills under Jitender and Naveen.

One of the biggest success stories from the academy has been that of Anjali Tushir. Currently working towards the Olympic dream, Anjali has already represented India at the International stage and recently secured gold at the 5th Elite Women’s Boxing Championship in Hisar. With her gold, Anjali has qualified for the World Championships which is scheduled to happen in March 2022.

National Championship Bronze medalists Bunty Singh and Rahul Rathi also found their footing at the Diamond Boxing Academy. Both Bunty and Rahul have international experience on their resume as well and have their goals set on achieving more for the nation.

Apart from these three, Pooja Tokas, Khushbu Tokas, Rohit Tokas, Dinesh Dagar, Manish Pawar and Heena Tokas among others have also gone through the ranks of Diamond Boxing Academy making it clear that it has been a breeding ground for some top boxers.

The hurdles

Despite the success stories from the academy, sustaining the same and creating results day in and day out with limited resources is no cakewalk. Due to the lack of open spaces, the team is currently using roads and outdoor areas for training which is not recommended for athletes due to the pandemic and other reasons. Additionally, the academy currently does not have a proper boxing ring as well which can skyrocket the progress.

Funding and lack of equipment are two other major hurdles. Training without proper headgear, gloves, and punching bags could be a huge headache for upcoming boxers and it can easily derail the efforts that the coaches are putting on.

To overcome all this, the team is now searching for people who can support their vision but at the same time, amidst these struggles, they are still on road to mold the next generation of boxers who can wave the Indian flag high in the international boxing stage.

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