‘Indian boxers are agile and precise’

...feels 68-year-old Conrado Fernandez who has been working as bio mechanist with ASI, Pune

Whenever the Cuban duo_BI Fernandez and Conrado Fernandez_meet during boxing events in India, the camaraderie between the two is visible. Though they have picked up some Hindi words, their conversation is usually in Spanish. With BI Fernandez coming back to India to work with the Indian boxing team as coach for another term, his friend Conrado Fernandez who is working as a Bio-Mechanist with the Army Sports Institute (ASI) at Pune team is looking forward to learn from him. Last week at the Senior Nationals Boxing Championship at Hyderabad, the duo met and discussed the Indian boxing scenario. And if Conrado is to be believed, the future of Indian boxing looks in good shape.

As a bio mechanist with the Services team, 68-year-old Conrado has been working closely with Indian boxers like Devendro Singh and Nanao Singh. Heaping praise on both the boxers, "Devendro is very agile in his movements, it is quite a task to keep a tab on them. It takes several hours to study his movement and precision, which is good for him. He is young and understands the basics of the sport well. Same goes with other Indian boxers like Nanao and Asian games silver medallist Manpreet. Their hand movements are very good and the only thing I tell them is to improve their precision levels," shared Conrado, who also handle archers and swimmers at the ASI. A Masters degree holder in Science from National Institute of Sport and Physical Education, Conrado was a bio mechanics teacher in Facultad De Cultura Fisica De, Villa Clara, for 16 years. Thereafter, he worked with the Cuban national boxing team for two years in the late 1980's.

Working in the bio mechanics field also took him to Moscow for an year where he worked with Cosmonauts (Astronauts). "In Cuba, there is lot of emphasis on bio mechanics. When I used to work with the Cuban boxing team, a lot of boxers would seek my inputs. And I told them how important was having a precise movement. The Cuban boxers indulge in soccer from an early age and that helps elevate their movement. This can be attributed to the success of boxers like Felix Savon. They would lay emphasis on precision and that helped them. When I worked with cosmonauts, it helped me to understand the effect of atmosphere on the human body," said Conrado. The 68-year-old Electrical engineer trains the Indian boxers at ASI, Pune along with two Cuban coaches and followed the progress of his wards like Devendro in the London Olympics.

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