Six-time world champion Mary Kom's pursuit of a second Olympic medal ended in the pre-quarterfinals in Tokyo as she went down to the 2016 edition's bronze-medallist, Ingrit Valencia of Colombia.
Boxer Mary Kom alongside men's hockey captain Manpreet Singh will be India's flag bearers at the Opening Ceremony while grappler Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony.
An unprecedented nine Indian boxers would be vying for medals at the showpiece, where none could secure a podium finish in the 2016 edition.
Having landed in Italy in mid-June, Amit Panghal & Co have had the opportunity to have sparring sessions with pugilists from other countries like Colombia, France and Azerbaijan, to name a few.
The coach said the COVID pandemic has shrunk resources and the option of having good women sparring partners at the national camp has also receded.
The legend of Mary Kom grew larger as she added the Commonwealth Games gold to her packed medal cabinet, thrashing Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the final.
Mary Kom has been pitted against Scotland's Megan Gordon in the quarterfinals of the 48kg category, which will take place on April 8.