Nepali boxers left for Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday to train with Thai national-squad boxers ahead of the upcoming 17th Asian Games to be held in Inchon, South Korea, from September 19.
The boxers, especially the women, have a chance at bringing back some medals, their head-coach Om Maskey says.
“Despite them being new players and lacking experience in the international arena, we can hope for medals from them in the Asiad, especially from the women.”
Maskey says training with Thai national boxers give the Nepali boxers an opportunity to boost their experience.
Meanwhile, Deepak Maharjan, bronze medalist at the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China, is not with the team owing to injury, according to Nepal Boxing Association (NBA) president Rajiv Shrestha.
The 12-member team comprises seven men, two women and three officials, including head-coach Maskey, coach Harish Bahadur Chand and team manager Kiran Bahadur Shrestha.
Nepal's women boxers in the contingent are Minu Gurung (51 kg) and Saraswoti Rana Magar (60 kg).
The men include Bikram Pariyar (49 kg), Prem Chaudhary (52 kg), Puran Rai (56 kg), Purna Bahadur Lama (60 kg), Bhupendra Thapa (64 kg), Dipesh Lama (69 kg) and Ujar Singh Thapa (75 kg).
The team will train for around two weeks in Bangkok prior to the Asiad, according to Maskey.
The players were selected from amongst boxers who have been training for last two years in a Nepal Sports Council (NSC) sanctioned program.
NSC member-secretary Yuvaraj Lama, along with NBA representatives, were at a farewell ceremony for the contingent at NSC premises in Tripureswar, Kathmandu, on Friday.
On the occasion, Lama wished them luck saying it was an opportunity for them to represent the nation in the international arena. “The training will help improve the performance of the boxers,” he said.
“The government is committed to honour players. A policy has been formulated for the security of players,” he said.