Mohammed Ali Qamar was the man who brought India her first Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing in 2002. Qamar has added another feather to his illustrious career as he takes over as chief coach for the country’s women pugilists. Thus, he becomes the youngest ever to get the top job. Qamar, on the verge of being 38 in a couple of months, was appointed to the position yesterday. He, thus, replaces veteran Shiv Singh.
Prior to this latest development, the Arjuna awardee has also helmed the Railways Sports Promotion Board’s women’s team for more than three years. He has also served as an assistant coach in the national camp for more than a year. “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 for considering me worthy enough for the position,” Qamar told in an interview after the appointment.
The diminutive Kolkata native will be working alongside Italian coach Raffaele Bergamasco and will have seven assistant coaches in his team, including superstar M C Mary Kom’s trainer Chhote Lal Yadav.
Qamar will succeed Shiv Singh, who held the post for a long time. It is believed that there were murmurs of a possible change in the women’s camp after the BFI named a 39-year-old C A 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 were appointed.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega