Shiva bows out of Worlds without stepping into ring
Hamburg: In a big blow to India, defending bronze-medallist and fifth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) was on Monday forced out of the 19th World Championships owing to food poisoning and high fever.
The 24-year-old three-time Asian Championships medallist was to take on Georgia's Otar Eranosyan in his second-round contest after getting an opening round bye.
"He was throwing up all night on Sunday and this morning, he was running high fever. He couldn't have fought, his body was not holding up. We tried to do everything but he was very weak," an Indian team official said.
The Indian boxer could not turn up at the arena because of high fever.
The Assam-boxer, a two-time Olympian, was among the best medal hopes for India and had been in good form coming into the tournament.
He had won a silver medal at the Asian meet, his third successive medal at the continental championships, followed by a gold medal at an invitational tournament in Czech Republic.