Boxer Amit Panghal wants to take x-factor to Tokyo, his personal coach

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On par with Amit Panghal’s consistency within the ring has been his fixed help for childhood coach Anil Dhankar.

During the nationwide awards season, the Asian Games gold medallist and Worlds finalist boxer campaigns continuous for Dhankar. Last September, whereas coaching on the nationwide camp in Patiala, Panghal credited Dhankar for maintaining him sharp in the course of the pandemic-induced lockdown — “The way I train with him, I don’t think I can match up to that even here,” he had mentioned. Later, he managed to persuade Boxing Federation of India (BFI) to permit Dhankar to be a part of the nationwide camp. Then he regarded for company funding to pay Dhankar’s wage earlier than Sports Authority of India stepped in.

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The quest, now, is to take Dhankar alongside to Tokyo. Within minutes of his Asian Championships 52kg remaining loss final week, Panghal had tagged sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju in a tweet: “This silver medal is for my country’s youngsters and my coach Anil Dhankar. Wish he was here in Dubai at this moment. Kiren Rijiju sir, my only wish is that he is standing with me during the Tokyo medal ceremony”

Head coach CA Kuttappa and high-performance director Santiago Nieva can be within the nook for India’s male boxers on the Olympics. What distinction may a personal coach make?

“It makes a whole lot of difference. Had he been there in Dubai… If he is there in Tokyo, it would have an extraordinary effect on me,” Panghal, who has been coaching with Dhankar since he was 12, tells The Indian Express. “From being able to execute all the quick movements to making changes according to the fight. It would be better if he’s there.”

Panghal says he has requested the Indian Olympic Association for permission. Dhankar declines to touch upon Panghal’s request — “the coaches are doing a great work with Amit. It’s a team effort” — however alludes to the distinction he could make with his ward. “When you have been training together for such a long time, you know every little detail about each other. For example, whenever somebody is doing padwork with Amit, he can go on without getting tired for a long time. But I know how to push him to the absolute limits,” Dhankar laughs. “Mere ko pata hai ki isko thakana kaise hai (I know how to get him tired).”

Panghal expands upon the reasoning.

“He absolutely reads my movements, my skills. He knows my body and knows when to push, when to go all out and when to conserve energy and defend. He knows everything, no matter where I am. If I am training or actively sparring, he always knows what to say and what to point out,” says Panghal.

Usha-Nambiar instance

PT Usha — Indian monitor and area nice who received a number of medals on the Asian Games and Asian Championships and completed fourth on the 1984 Los Angeles Games — is aware of a factor or two concerning the significance of personal coaches. Along with the ‘Golden Girl’, her coach and mentor OM Nambiar too grew to become a family title within the Nineteen Eighties.

“I insisted Nambiar sir also travel with me (from the early 1980s) when I trained abroad and participated in international competitions. As far as I know, Nambiar sir was the first personal coach who travelled along with the athlete around the world,” Usha tells The Indian Express. “Nambiar sir groomed me from a young age and I was used to his training methods. If I had changed my coach before events, it would have been difficult and my performance would have dipped.”

Usha explains {that a} “personal coach knows when to push an athlete and how an athlete will react to a particular situation”.

“Apart from training methods, a personal coach also knows the emotional side of the athlete, which is very important. A personal coach is also invested in the athlete more than a team coach and that focus can make a big difference in winning medals,” she says.

“Moreover, a personal coach has a way to get the best out of an athlete. There is a personal bond which has developed over the years and there is also a comfort level which puts an athlete at ease.”

‘Theth Haryanvi’

The personal bond between Panghal and Dhankar typically presents itself of their ‘theth Haryanvi’ chatter. “Same bhasha (language), same khaana (food). That’s why Amit’s comfort level is high with Anil sir,” says uncle Rajnarayan Panghal. “For us, he has never been Amit’s coach. He’s both a mentor and a parent.”

Hence, it’s no shock Panghal wants his coach to be with him in Tokyo. “I will keep trying. It would be beneficial for me if he’s able to accompany me to the Olympics. I can say my performance would be much improved,” Panghal says. “Let’s see what happens. I have full faith.”

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