New Delhi: He was not quite sure if training abroad before Olympics would help much but after spending a fortnight preparing in Ireland, London-bound Vijender Singh on Sunday said the experience has done a world of good to the Indian boxers ahead of the mega-event this month.

An unprecedented seven Indian male boxers would be participating in the Olympics in London and six of them were in Dublin for a fortnight last month to train for the Games.

Vijender (75kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg), L Devendro Singh (49kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60kg) were the ones who trained in Dublin under the watchful eyes of national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu, while Vikas Krishan (69kg) stayed back to give his college exams.

Vijender said he was sceptical about going abroad with just a few weeks left for the Olympics but has come back more assured of his preparations for London.

"I was not sure how it would help us, I thought training in Patiala would be better. But after going there, I realised how much difference it could make to our preparations," Vijender said after returning to the country.

"It made a huge difference as we got acclimatised to European conditions. It is biting cold there and extreme heat here. So, now when we go to London, we won't exactly be shocked by the weather. It would be easy to adapt," he said.

The department, however, is continuing with its probe against various IPL franchises.

The BCCI had yesterday slapped a life ban on pacer T P Sudhindra and handed lighter punishments to the other four other players who were also exposed in the TV sting operation.

While Srivastava was banned for five years, Mishra, Yadav and Bali were debarred for a year each.

While the BCCI had cracked the whip against the five players for a variety of reasons like "receiving a consideration to spot-fix" an IPL match and indulging in "loose talk and unsubstantiated bragging to bring the game into disrepute", sources said the I-T probe was specifically gauged to find evidence of transfer of any illegal cash or any other monetary benefits.

The statements of the players, according to sources, and the inputs gathered about them corroborated that their finances were not illegal.

The I-T department officials also went through the footage of the sting operation conducted before questioned the cricketers.

(Agencies)

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