In a historic first for Indian boxing, Frenchman Stephane Cottalorda, an AIBA three-star coach, has been roped in to train the country’s women pugilists for a nearly two-year term.

 The 41-year-old, who is a member of the European Boxing Confederation’s coaches commission, will be joining the boxers in the first week of June.

In addition, Italy’s Raffaele Bergamasco has been roped in for the youth women boxers, while the recently-appointed men’s coach Santiago Nieva has been handed a contract till December 2020.

 Bergamasco, also an International Boxing Association (AIBA) three-star coach, too has been appointed till December 2020. Cottalorda, however, has come in till December 2018 for the time being.

This is the first time in the history of Indian boxing that three foreign coaches have been brought in at various levels to assist boxers.

 Nieva, a member of the AIBA coaches commission, had joined the men’s camp in April. Currently the men’s chief coach position is shared by the veteran duo of Shiv Singh and SR Singh.The long-serving Gurbax Singh Sandhu is the current women’s chief coach.  G Manoharan is the chief coach for youth male boxers.

The first big assignment for the country’s women boxers would be the Asian Championships in Vietnam come November. The youth women will be competing in the World Championships to be hosted by India in Guwahati also in November.The senior women boxers are currently training in the National Boxing Academy in Rohtak. (PTI)