Keen to train boxers from Odisha for 2020 Olympics: Dronacharya awardee

Bhubaneswar: Hard work pays and it was again proved right in case of Braja Bhushan Mohanty, the first Odia coach to win the prestigious ‘Dronacharya’ award.

Mohanty received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind at a special function held at New Delhi on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview to OTV, Mohanty shared his dream to train young boxers from Odisha and prepare them for the 2020 Olympics.

 “I am happy to get the recognition. If my service is regularised in boxing, I want to train boxers from Odisha so that they win medals in 2020 Olympics and bring laurels for the country,” said Mohanty. Though Mohanty had approached the Odisha Government, nothing has moved in his favour so far.

Mohanty, who hails from Berhampur, has been a disciplined man throughout his 25-year-long career as a coach. Under his guidance, several boxers have brought laurels for the country in several Asian Games, Asian Championships and National Games.

Under his guidance, boxers like Shiva Thapa, Dingko Singh, Gurucharan Singh and Vikas Krishan Yadav have clinched medals in several major events.

Mohanty was instrumental in spotting the talent in L Devendra Singh who also received Arjuna award today.

Hailing OTV for being the first channel to have spoken to him over getting the prestigious award, Mohanty said, “A coach needs to be meticulous in imparting the basics to the boxers. The job of coach is to identify talent and nurture them so that they excel in the game.”

Following his retirement from defence service in 2013, he was appointed as the chief coach of Jharkhand boxing team.

Throughout his career, he has worked for development of boxing in India. He was the coach of Indian boxing team from 2002 till 2011.