Shiva, Mandeep among four boxers to receive IOC Olympic scholarships

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Who: Indian boxers, Shiva Thapa, Mandeep Jangra, Gaurav Bidhuri & Sumit Sangwan
What: Selected for Olympic scholarship
When: 15 December 2015

Four Indian boxers, namely Shiva Thapa, Mandeep Jangra, Gaurav Bidhuri and Sumit Sangwan on 15 December 2015 were selected by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) for a scholarship.

Under the scholarship, the boxers will get a sum of 800 US dollars (about 53 thousand rupees) every month till August 2016, provided they qualify for the Olympic Games. The will also get an additional 5000 US Dollars (about 3 lakh 34 thousand rupees) to cover their transportation cost for participation in the Olympic qualifying events.

Shiv Thapa is a World Championships’ bronze-medalist in 56 kilogram segment and Mandeep Jangra is a Commonwealth Games silver-medalist in 69 kilogram segment.

Bidhuri has made an impression by his run at the World Series of Boxing and has bagged a second successive stint, signed by the USA Knockouts franchise for the upcoming season. On the other hand, Sumit is a silver-medalist in at the 2010 Asian Championships and Gold-medalist at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers before the 2012 London Games.

Gaurav Bidhuri (52kilogram) and Sumit Sangwan (69kilogram) were picked by the IOC after recommendations from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).