Confident Vijender Singh eyes more at London Olympics

first_imgConfident Vijender Singh, Beijing bronze medallist, is eyeing another medal in boxing at the upcoming Olympics.The first Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics, recently said that his bronze medal in Beijing had changed the face of boxing and motivated other boxers in the country to reach new heights.Extremely reserved, lanky and eager to learn was Vijender, when he came to the Bhiwani Boxing Club in 1999 accompanied by elder brother Manoj, said coach Jagdish Singh about a 14-year-old Vijender Singh Beniwal.His elder brother wanted to hone Vijender’s boxing skills so that he follows him into the Indian Army as a hawaldar.However, after his success at the junior national level, the coach convinced Vijender’s father Mahipal Singh Beniwal, a bus driver with Haryana Roadways, to give the boy a chance in professional boxing.Post the 2008 Beijing Games, Vijender has had a few ups and downs in his career. He lost in the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships, beaten by Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan in the semi-final of the 75 kg middleweight category and managed only a bronze in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held at home soil.”It was a big change, for me, the sport and the countries outlook towards the sport. It was the first medal in boxing and we really needed something of that sort for the sport,” he said, adding “Even my fellow boxers approach changed, everyone started to believe and I think belief makes all the difference. The journey is still going on and with God’s grace will have a few more medals to show for.”advertisementVijender became the first Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games for a third successive time after beating Chuluuntumur Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia 27-17.”It obviously feels good, but I just don’t want to be tagged as the one who played three Olympics, but as the one who got medals in two,” said Vijender.After the Beijing Olympics and the Milan World Championships Vijender was the top ranked boxer in the 75kg weight category, however injuries and a spate of poor performances has seen him drop out of the top 45.- With IANS inputslast_img

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