Indian boxers will travel to Assisi for a two-month training camp ©BFI

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has granted permission for its nations boxers to travel to Italy as part of a two-month training camp, preparing their best fighters for next year's re-arranged Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

The trip to Europe has been sanctioned for a period of 52 days, with the boxers heading to Assisi for training, as reported by the New Indian Express, before competing in France and Poland.

These will are due to be at the Alexis Vastine International Boxing Tournament from October 27 to 31, followed by the Leszek Drogosz Memorial from November 2 to 7.

It is expected that the group will leave on October 15, with the Boxing Federation of India revealing that visa formalities were currently being sorted.

A total of 16 boxers are due to make the trip - 10 men and six women - along with coaches and support staff.

One of those who will not make the journey, however, will be London 2012 bronze medallist Mary Kom, who is currently recovering from illness.

Another absentee will be World Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik, who is yet to recover from a bicep injury.

India's Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom will miss the training camp in Italy due to illness ©AIBA
India's Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom will miss the training camp in Italy due to illness ©AIBA

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, boxers have been training under strict protocols put in place by the SAI and the National Institute of Sport in Patiala.

This gives another opportunity for Indian boxers to train with the postponement of the Tokyo Games adding to their preparations.

Tokyo 2020 was pushed back to 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic and is now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 2021.

"We'll get sparring partners and some competition too," men's national team head coach CA Kuttapa said.

"We'll have a lot to learn and prepare for the Olympics."

It also gives women's high performance director Raffaele Bergamasco an opportunity to bring the boxers to his hometown of Assisi and he will assess the women's team and their performances prior to the Olympics.

Men's high performance director Santiago Nieva is also expected to join the team, currently residing in Stockholm in Sweden.

At Rio 2016, India fielded three boxers in its team, receiving no medals.

The closest to the podium was Vikas Krishan Yadav, who was knocked out in the quarter-finals.