20 Predictions for 2020: PREDICTION number 12- India to claim 3 medals at the Olympics (and more Olympic predictions)
As we head towards a new year we've decided to look into our glass balls, our tea leaves and our palms to come up with 20 predictions which will be posted over the coming weeks for what we think will happen in 2020. So far our predictions haven't been the best though they've not all been wrong.
In 2013 we predicted that Naoya Inoue, his brother Takuma and Kosei Tanaka would all win world titles. Between them they've won a few world titles, though Takuma has yet to win a proper world title. That same year we also predicted a growth in Chinese boxing, and this arguably happened despite the fact the Macau side of things has died off. We also predicted a growth in Asian fighters making a name for themselves in the US, this was before Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Naoya Inoue or Kazuto Ioka had fought on US soil, and before the wave of Uzbek's had began to attract US attention.
Unlike the past, where we have made all of our predictions in 1 article, we'll be spreading these ones out with 1 prediction per article, and going more in depth than we have in the past.
Prediction number 12 - India to claim 3 medals at the Olympics
Next year will be a huge year for fight fans, and part of the reason why is the fact that next year is an Olympic year, and Olympic boxing is, for many, the only amateur tournament they actually watch. With that in mind we've take a prediction from contributor Marcus Bellinger (@marcusknockout), who knows a lot more about amateur boxing than we do!
Marcus made 3 predictions to us for the 2020 Olympics, the most interesting of which was that India would go on to claim 3 medals in boxing at the Tokyo games. This might seem rather outlandish, given that India took home 0 medals at the 2016 Olympics and only sent 3 fighters there, but it's a prediction that's made with some good thought process behind it.
In 2019 India took 2 medals in the AIBA World championships, a silver and a bronze, and 4 in the AIBA Women's World Championships, with a silver and a bronze. This sort of success is likely to be built on through to the Tokyo games and if India do take 3 medals from the boxing it wouldn't be a massive surprise.
Another of Marcus' predictions for Tokyo 2020 was Eumir Marcial to win a bronze medal. We suspect this really depends on the draw, but at the recent World Championships he reached the final, and really impressed on his way there, before losing in the final to local hopeful Gleb Bakshi.
Marcial, from the Philippines, has a long been tipped as a star for his homeland and it would be a massive disappointment if he failed to medal. Of course the Olympics is often hard to predict, with some atrocious decisions marring every Olympics, but with his experience and skills Marcial will be among the medal favourites and will look to add to a collection of other international medals.
One thing that has always been notable about the Olympics is the success fighters from the host nation have, and Marcus has also predicted a looser decision that Japan will take a medal. We'll however go one step further than that and predict that Japan will take home at least 1 gold medal. On paper that looks like a wild prediction, given they took home 0 medals from the two World Championships in 2019, but home nations always get the rub of the green at Olympic tournaments and we suspect that will be the case against here.
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