About 12 a long time ago, a young boxer from Haryana wrote his identify in the background guides of Indian sport just after successful the country’s maiden Olympic medal in boxing. Vijender Singh’s bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics changed the facial area of Indian boxing and encouraged quite a few to acquire up the sport.
Having said that, although speaking all through India’s climbing desk tennis player Mudit Dani’s on the internet lockdown dwell chat demonstrate ‘In The Sportlight’, Vijender disclosed how viewing his fellow countryman Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore finishing on the podium at the 2004 Olympic Online games impressed him and created him hungry for the metal. Shooter Rathore clinched India’s 1st-at any time Olympic medal in an unique group when he won silver in Athens where Vijender experienced appeared in his first Olympics at the age of 18.
Vijender Singh on what it can be like to represent India
“It can be an wonderful feeling to stand for your country at the Olympics and for me 2004 was a large amount like that as I was joyful and happy staying current there, witnessing the opening ceremony and viewing the contingents from other international locations inspecting the villages and enjoying the foodstuff and ambiance. But it was only when I observed the medal ceremony and noticed Rajyavardhan Sing Rathore winning the silver medal is when the urge of successful a medal strike me much too and the realisation that extra than participation, it can be profitable the medal that issues,” Vijender stated.
“Right after winning that medal, the adulation he received from all over the place only certain me to do the job more durable and then 4 years later on, regardless of a rough qualification, I managed to acquire that medal and everything altered for me. Considering the fact that then there has been no on the lookout again,” he extra.
The 34-calendar year-old Vijender, who turned professional in 2015, is hopeful of sporting action resuming before long, which has halted due to COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, he’s savoring paying out time with his two little ones at home which looks unattainable usually thanks to a fast paced routine.
“I delight in paying time with my young children. I’m looking at web collection, flicks and listening to Punjabi songs as there is nothing at all substantially to do. I am hopeful of obtaining back in the ring in the up coming two-a few months,” mentioned the Asian Online games gold medallist.
Following getting tasted fantastic accomplishment on the expert circuit, Vijender is now aiming to acquire the planet championship title.