Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: India’s first gold medalist in boxing of Commonwealth Games Shri Mohammed Ali Qamar has been appointed as the Chief Coach for Country’s Women Pugilists.
He is 37 and is the youngest person to be posted in such a top position. Ali Qamar, who turns 38 in two months’ time, will replace veteran Shiv Singh. Ali Qamar has been an assistant coach in the national camp for more than a year.
In addition, the Arjuna awardee has helmed the Railways Sports Promotion Board’s women’s team for more than three years.
“It has come as a bit of surprise to me. I got to know only last night and I am thankful to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for considering me worthy enough for the position,” said Ali Qamar.
He won a gold medal in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in the light flyweight category.
Ali Qamar will be working alongside Italian coach Raffaele Bergamasco and will have seven assistant coaches in his team, including superstar MC Mary Kom’s trainer Chhote Lal Yadav.
There were murmurs of a possible change in the women’s camp after the BFI named a 39-year-old CA Kuttappa as the chief coach for the men’s camp.
India’s previous chief coaches for women – Anoop Kumar and Gurbax Singh Sandhu – were well over 50 when they took over.