About 12 several years in the past, a youthful boxer from Haryana wrote his identify in the heritage publications of Indian sport right after profitable the country’s maiden Olympic medal in boxing. Vijender Singh’s bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics adjusted the encounter of Indian boxing and inspired quite a few to acquire up the activity.
However, though chatting for the duration of India’s increasing table tennis player Mudit Dani’s online lockdown reside chat display ‘In The Sportlight’, Vijender discovered how viewing his fellow countryman Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore ending on the podium at the 2004 Olympic Video games impressed him and manufactured him hungry for the metallic. Shooter Rathore clinched India’s 1st-at any time Olympic medal in an particular person group when he received silver in Athens where Vijender experienced appeared in his first Olympics at the age of 18.
Vijender Singh on what it’s like to depict India
“It’s an amazing experience to depict your nation at the Olympics and for me 2004 was a large amount like that as I was happy and glad becoming existing there, witnessing the opening ceremony and observing the contingents from other nations inspecting the villages and making the most of the foods and environment. But it was only when I noticed the medal ceremony and noticed Rajyavardhan Sing Rathore winning the silver medal is when the urge of profitable a medal hit me far too and the realisation that extra than participation, it can be successful the medal that issues,” Vijender mentioned.
“After winning that medal, the adulation he acquired from almost everywhere only confident me to operate tougher and then four years afterwards, even with a hard qualification, I managed to win that medal and all the things changed for me. Considering the fact that then there has been no wanting back,” he included.
The 34-12 months-old Vijender, who turned skilled in 2015, is hopeful of sporting motion resuming shortly, which has halted thanks to COVID-19 pandemic. Having said that, he’s enjoying spending time with his two youngsters at home which appears to be not possible usually thanks to a occupied plan.
“I take pleasure in investing time with my young ones. I’m seeing web series, movies and listening to Punjabi tracks as there is very little much to do. I am hopeful of having again in the ring in the next two-three months,” mentioned the Asian Video games gold medallist.
Soon after owning tasted excellent achievements on the professional circuit, Vijender is now aiming to get the globe championship title.