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Posted at: Mar 20, 2017, 2:31 AM; last updated: Mar 20, 2017, 2:31 AM (IST)

Nieva to be India’s new boxing coach

New Delhi, March 19

Santiago Nieva will be India’s new foreign coach for men boxers, succeeding Cuban BI Fernandes. “Nieva has been recommended by AIBA to us and he comes with good experience,” Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh said.

Nieva, an AIBA three-star coach, was attached with the Swedish men’s team until last year. He quit the position after the Rio Olympics.

The Sweden-based coach, who represented Argentina during his competitive days, is being brought on board till the World Championships (August 25 to September 3 in Hamburg).

He will arrive in India tomorrow and immediately take charge in Patiala, where one of the two national camps is currently being conducted.

The 42-year-old, a former bantam and featherweight boxer, served as the Swedish national coach for eight years and was inducted into the AIBA coaches commission in 2015. Nieva has also served as a manager of the Argentine team and even competed for the country at the 1997 World Cup. — PTI

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