Olympic medal-deprived India battles poor facilities

Indian boxers prepare for a morning training session in the grounds of the Baba Gang Nath sporting academy, located at a Hindu temple in New DelhiIn an old ring on a dusty field India’s elite boxers are hard at work, hoping to one day end the country’s dismal Olympic medal record, despite the sub-standard training facilities. Rohit Tokas and other national-level boxers at a temple complex in bustling New Delhi have long used the outdoor ring, but only in the early mornings and late afternoons when the sweltering heat eases. After failing to qualify for the Olympics during a test event in Rio, Tokas is among those convinced India need to overhaul their training centres if they are to have any hope of improving their dire medal count.

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