Both Shiva and Sumit have done exceptionally well, winning gold medals in the Asian Olympic qualifiers to be among the youngest to participate in the London Olympics last year. All of 19 then, Shiva, in fact, was the youngest boxer from India to qualify for the mega-event before he reasserted his growing stature with an Asian Championships gold medal this year. It would be a massive opportunity for the duo and a re-entry of sorts for India in the tournament after the country lost its WSB franchise last year due to the pullout of Mumbai Fighters owing to financial crunch.
"Nervous, excited, under pressure, it's all rolled into one right now. I am eager to go out there and perform to the best of my ability. It will be tough but would be quite a learning experience," Shiva, a former Youth Olympics silver-medalist, said. "It will be difficult no doubt but this stint will harden us and make us better boxers. We only stand to gain from it," added Sumit, also 20. (PTI)