The boxer will get a a financial assistance of Rs 17.5 lakhs for the duration of the visit.
- Boxer Vikas Krishan to fly to USA later this week for training
- SAI has approved foreign training for Vikas after Santiago insistence
- Vikas will train at the Alexandria Boxing club in Virginia
Tokyo Olympics quota winner and boxer Vikas Krishan’s request to train in the United States as part of his preparations for Olympics next year has been approved by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
The foreign exposure for the boxer was recommended by Indian Boxing High Performance Director Santiago Nieva.
Vikas will be travelling to the USA later this week along with his coach Ron Simms Jr. and they will train at the Alexandria Boxing Club in Virginia till November 30.
Speaking about his training in the US Santiago, Nieva said, “It will be a very good experience for Vikas. He’s been in the national team for so many years and for him, it is a good time for him to go and do a little bit different. After he comes back, we will focus on the camps and different tournaments for the Olympic-style boxing ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.”
Vikas has had earlier stints as well of training in the United States in New York but this time it’s a new city and a new venue. The Olympian, who reached the quarter-finals in 2016 Rio games and won a gold and bronze in commonwealth and Asian games in 2018, is expected to also participate in pro bouts as part of preparations for Tokyo Olympics but all of that is currently under wraps.
Vikas is a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and has been approved a financial assistance of Rs 17.5 lakhs for the duration of the visit.