New Delhi: In an endeavour to provide the best training infrastructure with a view to earn the highest medal hauls at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) today announced a first-of-its-kind High Performanceí partnership with the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS), a premier sports training and sports science institute based in Ballari, Karnataka.
As part of this five-year collaborative effort starting June 2019, the BFI will look to conduct camps as part of its high-performance training programme and IIS will play a key role in shaping the boxers as the official High-Performance Partner for the BFI.
IIS will also play a crucial role in hosting national training camps where elite boxers will hone their skills ahead of major International Boxing events.
IIS will provide its state-of-the-art training facilities to national boxers, along with access to sports science testing, strength and conditioning experts and professional diet and nutrition support to all the players in the camp.
With boxing being one of Indiaís highest medal-winning disciplines at quadrennial events, the partnership will focus on performance-oriented training for boxers. Not only that, but it will also emphasize on equipping Indian coaches and referees with internationally-certified education programmes and courses that will help in developing the sport at the grassroots level.
The private institute, which successfully hosted the 3rd Womenís Elite Senior National Boxing Championships earlier this year, will also host one national level tournament each year of the association.
This tie-up is almost certain to help India further on all levels as it aims to become one of the leading boxing nations in the world BFI’s vision is to not only hone the skills of the elite boxers but also create a seamless training module for the junior and youth boxers.
BFI President Ajay Singh is optimistic about this partnership. He believes this association will go a long way in preparing the young pugilists for the highest level of competition right from an early age.
ìEnsuring state of the art facilities and training environments for all our boxers have been a priority for the Federation and I am glad this partnership with IIS will help us to achieve our goals and the players will also be benefiting immensely from this association. I once again congratulate IIS for their commitment and support to the sport,î said Singh.
Speaking about this landmark partnership, Parth Jindal, Founder and Trustee IIS said, ìWe are extremely pleased to enter this high-performance partnership with the Boxing Federation of India. IIS was built with a vision to create a world-class training environment for Indiaís champions and this partnership is a reflection of our progress in that direction. Together with the BFI, we are committed to driving Indian boxing forward to a new era of success at the global stage.î
Led by the $14 billion JSW Group, IIS is India’s first privately funded high-performance training centre which offers talented young athletes full residential scholarships to study and train at the institute. Currently, the facility houses over 150 athletes aged 12-22 training in the sports of athletics, boxing, judo and wrestling.
Boxing Federation of India, the nodal body
The Boxing Federation of India is recognised by AIBA and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India as the nodal body responsible for the development and promotion of Olympic-style boxing in India.
BFI has hosted all age group national tournaments and two major International tournaments including the AIBA Women World Championships in the last one year, attracting over 350 national and close to 500 international boxers in the championships. Indian boxers have recorded historic medal hauls at all major quadrennial events so far. It has hosted the AIBA 1-star, 2-star courses, R&J certification courses, along with seminars as well as the AIBA Cutman courses, in the last one year.
Further, BFI, in association with AIBA and SAI, is setting up a world-class boxing academy at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. It also plans to have 8 satellite academies across the country as the much awaited Boxing League is set to take place at the year-end.
IIS: High-performance training centre
Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) claims to be Indiaís first privately funded “high-performance training centre” that trains talented young athletes across five Olympic disciplines of wrestling, boxing, judo, athletics and swimming.
Spread over 42 acres in Vijayanagar, Karnataka, IIS is a unique initiative led by the JSW Group that brings together 20 corporate donors who are collectively funding the operations of the institute through CSR funding.
Led by an advisory board comprising senior Indian sporting legends like Abhinav Bindra, Sourav Ganguly, Mahesh Bhupathi and high-performance expert Dr Tom Patrick, IIS will offer about 300 talented young athletes full scholarships in a completely residential, world-class training environment at full capacity.