Indian boxers Jamwal and Nishant sail through first round of Bangkok Olympic qualifiers. 'X'@India_AllSports

India strutted confidently with comfortable victories in the opening round of the Bangkok Games, the last chance to qualify for Paris 2024. Lovlina Borgohain, Nikhat Zareen and Preeti Pawar have already secured three Olympic berths for Paris 2024. The Asian country went home empty-handed after failing to qualify for the previous Olympic qualifiers in Italy.

The first round of the 2024 World Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament went well for Indian boxers. Abhinash Jamwal and Nishant Dev recorded comfortable wins in their bouts in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday. The Asian country is looking to add to its contingent for the Paris 2024 Olympics, having already secured three spots through Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (women's -75kg), two-time world champion Nikhat Zareen (women's -50kg) and Preeti Pawar (women's -54kg).

Jamwal, who replaced Olympian Shiva Thapa in the Indian team for the second qualifiers, defeated Lithuania's Andriejus Lavrenovas in his first round men's -63.5kg bout. He won by unanimous decision 5-0. World bronze medallist Nishant Dev secured a 5-0 victory over Armando Bighafa of Guinea-Bissau in the -71kg category. Both Indian boxers were dominant.

Among the 10 Indian boxers in Bangkok, Sachin Siwach (57kg) and Abhimanyu Loura (80kg) won by different scores on the first two days, while Amit Panghal (51kg), Sanjeet (92kg), Narender (+92kg) and Jaismine Lamboria (57kg) and Arundhati Choudhary (66kg) all bypassed the first round. Ankushita Boro will take on Mongolia's Namuun Monkhor on Monday. Abhimanyu Loura will face Ireland's Kelyn Cassidy in the round of 32 in the -80kg category.

India have entered seven men and three women for the second World Olympic Qualifier. Three quotas are up for grabs in the women's -60kg, men's -57kg and men's -80kg categories at the Thailand meet. The men's -63.5kg and -71kg categories have five quotas each, while the remaining nine categories have four quotas each. The road to Paris 2024 is coming to an end. In this second World Boxing Olympic Qualifier, the last 51 quotas will be distributed. They will be added to the 188 already secured. Of the 51 quotas, 23 will be for the women's category and 28 for the men's. 

Olympic quotas will be awarded in 13 weight categories, six for women and seven for men. The tournament will be held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium. This is the same venue that hosted the 1998 Asian Games and the 2012 Futsal World Cup. The tournament will be the third and final chance for many boxers to earn a quota for the Olympic Games. It follows the continental qualifiers and the first Olympic qualifier in Busto Arsizio, Italy.