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Boxing-Weightlifting-Wrestling Explained

With so many new, young audience members at the Commonwealth Youth Games, we felt it imperative to run through some of the rules and scoring methods for sports that aren't everyday parlance for most us.

We begin this series with a look at the three most physical sports at the games - boxing, wrestling and weightlifting.

BOXING

boxing_img.jpgAmateur boxing is based on a points system with the boxer who has the higher number of points at the end of the bout (boxing match) being declared the winner. Each boxer has a white strip on the gloves around the knuckles and a point is awarded whenever a boxer connects that white portion of the gloves cleanly at the face or torso of the opponent with significant force. Most amateur bouts are scheduled for four rounds, but can be stopped sooner in case of a Knock-out. Each bout has five judges alloted to it and points are scored through an electronic system if a minimum of 3 judges feel that a strong enough contact has been made.

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Team Scotland

team_scotland.jpgScotland are an increasing force on the Commonwealth stage having jumped from 6th place and 32 medals in the innaugural youth games to a higly competitive 4th place and 52 medals in the 2004 games in Bendigo, Australia. Only the hosts, England & South Africa finished above them, with SA just 4 medals (though eight golds) better.

Team Scotland will be participating in eight event categories at the games, surprisingly it is Tennis, from the land now known for top-10 player Andy Murray, that the Scots are skipping. With only a 44 member squad, and an increased participation from across the Commonwealth, the Scots could struggle to better their performance from the previous editions (remember now an athlete can participate in a

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Team Australia

team_australia.jpgOn the back of 58 Gold medals in the 2004 games, Commonwealth giants Australia are hoping to drive home their supremacy of the games by sending a delegation of more than 100 athletes across all nine sporting disciplines. Led by multi-Olympic winning swimmer Petria Thomas Oam, team Australia will be the odds on favourites to be top of the medals tally come 18th Oct. Such is their expected dominance in the games, that it will be a huge shock if they we're not to surpass the 150 medal mark.

Interestingly Petria Thomas, who has won 3 Olympic Golds and 8 Commonwealth Golds is also a recipient of the prestigious Don Bradman award for outstanding sportsmanship. Her on ground team will include 37 other members including coaches,

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Team Canada

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team_canada.jpgA strong contingent of 59 athletes (36 men and 23 women), 18 coaches and 11 staff members will make the long journey from Canada to Pune for the IIIrd Commonwealth Youth Games. Led by Shawnee Scatliff, a two-time medal winner at the Canada Winter Games, Team Canada will be hoping to improve on their eight place finish in the 2000 games, having skipped the 2004 event in Bendigo, Australia.

Competing in seven of the nine event categories with the exception of swimming and tennis, Team Canada has a host of talent especially in events like Shooting, Wrestling & Weightlifting where they are expected to be among the medals. For most of Canada's young squad this would be their first exposure to International competition, and o

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Games Schedule

jigrr.gifThe 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune has nine sporting categories including athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. Regretably both from a viewer and competitor perspective there are no team events at all in the line-up.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 12th Oct at 4pm Indian Standard Time (+5:30 GMT). Tennis is the only event scheduled for that day and will kick-off as early as 9am. Considering that it is the one core 'Outdoor' event in the games, one hopes that the sprinkling of light showers that have inhabited Pune this weekend stay away during the Youth Games. Tennis is also the only category that will be played on every day of the event, going right upto the afternoon just

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