AIR DATE: Apr 05 2021 08:43UTC
EPISODE: Episode 1
Olympic Update | Talkin’ Fight
Join us on our on-going exploration of the Olympics to be held in Tokyo 2021, featuring Christian from the Friday Night Panel, and the route to the ring. Watch TalkinFight weekdays at 12, 4, 7, and 8:30pm EST on YouTube or LIVE at talkinfight.com/live @Olympic @IOC Media @torchrelay
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Hello there, everyone welcome once again to join for joining us on uh talk and fight, and our episode featuring uh, the olympics updates and uh.
I’M sure we have a ton today again it’s a holiday here in toronto and probably in other parts of the world as well, but uh.
What do you got? First, christian, any updates on the olympics specifically well.
You’Ve you’ve hit the nail kind of right on the head.
Graham a lot of the world, not everybody, obviously, but a lot of the world is celebrating easter this weekend.
I know we didn’t have you on friday, uh yourselves as well as a couple other people, and this is easter monday.
So not a whole lot has happened over the weekend, so i do just want to touch briefly on the two stories that we talked about on friday because they have seemed to be one of the few things that has continued through the weekend and uh.
That’S the you know: the prospects for india’s boxing team continue to slide again with more coveted, related news.
Uh yeah kovit has hit the indian boxing team pretty hard with uh cases of the infection among boxers, as well as the coaching and support staff, and they have been on the rise over the weekend.
This is all happening at the national camp in patala, so the latest who have been affected by the virus is the men’s team, national, coach, jason, patel or patil.
Sorry now the coach has been admitted at this point to a private hospital in patala with mild symptoms.
Material is the second support staff personnel uh, the first being the chief national coach, ca, kapata, sorry katapa to have been diagnosed with the virus.
So the total number at this point of boxers and coaching staff found infected is now up to 13 members of the team.
For the national campers, deepak kumar, muhammad khan, menji singh and narendra kumar had earlier been admitted to a private healthcare facility with symptoms.
So, at this point to control the spread of the virus, it’s been decided by the authorities involved to suspend all practice sessions involving sparring and contact training at the national camp.
So only non-contact physical forms of training will be allowed.
Uh by coaches and boxers are being told to strictly avoid meeting with their teammates in person, so the covet-affected fighters, who have not been hospitalized due to the virus, are at this point self-identify self-isolating at the major diane chan hostel so as well selection.
The selection trial for the senior asian championships uh, which are scheduled from may to the 21st to 31st in delhi, have now been put off by the federal uh.
Sorry by the boxing federation of india.
That trial or qualification round was scheduled to begin starting tomorrow and over the fifth and sixth, so continued troubles for team india.
Now this possibly might have to do with the decision that we talked about on friday, where they reintroduced communal dining at the training camps.
They uh, citing at the time a lack of manpower to do anything otherwise, so i think we may be already starting to see that come back and start to bite them in the in the backside a little bit there, which is unfortunate, but you know, predictable, you’ve Got infections on the rise in a in a in a bubble and you’re saying i’m sorry.
We don’t have enough manpower to feed everyone separately, so everyone into the cafeteria makes no sense and again sad but predictable outcomes, but we wish them all the best in india and anyone who is infected with you know asymptomatic.
We hope a speedy recovery and we hope it doesn’t directly affect anybody’s olympic prospects.
So you know fingers crossed and we’ll uh we’ll keep you updated as things uh move on with them.
Looking back at our other story from friday, though, in uzbekistan, international boxing association, president umar kremlev uh said, while he’s in the country, uh recently held a joint training session with the senior and junior national teams of uzbekistan uh.
This is in the nation’s capital of tashkent.
So he’s the first aiba president to take part in a practice session in the country uh.
You guys are going to remember that uzbekistan did top the middle table at rio, 2016 with three golds two silvers and two bronze.
So kremlif said that he participated in this training exercise to communicate directly with the athletes and to better understand their needs.
He addressed the young athletes by telling them the aiba’s goals and intentions to support young boxers around the world.
So what he said was my task is to be closer to our athletes and coaches.
We stand for true and beautiful fights and for professional judging and we as functionaries should create all necessary conditions for you, the boxers here in uzbekistan.
You have a rich history and an experience in our sport.
Your country is an example for others, not only at the continental level, but also worldwide.
Let’S continue this great tradition together and develop boxing in the best possible way.
We are all united.
We are all a united family.
If you are a champion, you belong to the nation.
The whole world is watching you.
This is a high responsibility, as well as hard work, give as much effort as you can, and we will support you from our side message from victor kremel umar krevelev.
So after the session kremlev presented boxing equipment to athletes and coaches and wish them all, uh wish them well during all future bouts uh earlier this month, and as we reported uh just on friday, the aiba uh had confirmed tashkent as the host of the 2023 men’s World boxing championships, which is the uh the overall reason why kremlin is in uzbekistan at the moment, um.
So this is uh.
You know this is kremlin’s been in the news.
A lot lately – and i think this is all – has a lot to do with them.
Trying to clean up the aiba’s image so he’s only recently been elected to president uh of the aipa and they’re doing a lot they’re, appointing new committees, they’re, bringing on new faces and new blood to these committees, to try to clean up all the uh.
The controversy surrounding the aiba because, as you know, you guys all know who have watched the show for some time now.
The aiba was stripped in 2019 by the ioc of their rights to uh administer and to carry out the the boxing tournament at the olympic level, which is why we currently have the boxing task force that we’re working with right now and it’s still unclear.
What’S going to be happening as far as the boxing tournament who’s going to be administrating that tournament uh for paris 2024, so this is definitely uh in line with keeping him uh.
You know keeping their image or trying to improve their image.
Uh you’re gon na see kremlov in the news a lot coming up to the olympics and uh as we move past that you’re gon na see him as they get into other larger tournaments uh.
So specifically, once we get closer to october, as the world championships come up in belgrade, serbia, but as i say, it is a bit of a slow weekend being uh the easter weekend being celebrated by much of the globe.
We don’t have a whole lot to chat about today, i’m afraid.
Graham, we got a bit of a short episode.
I’Ve lost audrey there we go there, we go there.
We go sorry about that yeah.
I know great uh.
Thanks for the update.
I appreciate it.
I’M sure the listeners do as well and viewers uh hello to the last bell boxing chat out in the uk, who uh who says hello here, nice well done well done.
Uh, hopefully, they’ll join us one day, uh to bring us up to speed uh as to how what’s going on with team great britain, yeah yeah.
Let’S talk canal billy joe.
I believe that up to either mike or neil the deal yeah yeah absolutely this segment.
We typically stick to all things amateur boxing with a bit of a tilt towards the olympics uh, but we definitely do on our friday night panel cover a lot more of the pro fights uh knuckle up with mike or iv also covers a lot of those pro Fights as well, so if you want to talk canelo billy joe, we definitely will have a uh a space for you to do that.
We have the space you let us know and we’ll put you into the right segment, oh by the way.
Last bell: if you want your own show, let us know yeah anyway, uh thanks very much christian appreciate it.
Thanks for joining us there last bell, um and we’ll see you tomorrow.