Dronacharya awardee C A Kuttappa has taken over as India’s chief boxing coach at the ongoing national camp. He took over from veteran coach SR Singh at the beginning of the camp. The 39-year-old Kuttappa is credited with shaping some of the country’s most successful boxers such as Vijender Singh, M Suranjoy Singh, and Shiva Thapa, among others.
• Star pugilist Vikas Krishan (75kg), a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and Asian Games bronze-winner, was left out of the national camp following his decision to sign up with American promoter Bob Arum.
• Kuttappa is just one of the two coaches from the reigning national champions, the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), in the camp.
• The line-up of coaches at the camp was mostly dominated by coaches from the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). RSPB’s representation in the coaches’ list was five including the long-serving Jaydev Bisht, Lalit Prasad, Jai Singh Patil, Jitender Kumar and Jagdip Hooda.
CA Kuttappa :
Hailing from the Chenanda family in Mysore, CA Kuttappa has been coaching the Indian men’s boxing team since 2009 May. Prior to that, he was serving as a Subedar in the Indian Army.
He was nominated for the Dronacharya Award for 2018 in Boxing. The shortlisted names for the award were recommended to the Sports Ministry by an 11-Member Award Committee. The list was then forwarded to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for final approval.