Vijender Singh optimistic about boxing medals in Tokyo 2020


Beijing Olympics bronze-medalist Vijender Singh thinks the robust nine-member boxing squad of the nation is able to successful medals within the upcoming Tokyo Video games.

Vijender, the primary Indian boxer to bag an Olympic medal, stated the skilled fingers – together with six-time World champion Mary Kom (ladies’s 51kg), former Worlds bronze-medalist Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Worlds silver-medalist Amit Panghal (52kg) – have a superb probability.

“Mary Kom and Vikas have a lot of expertise. Amit is in good kind. I feel they are going to do higher,” Vijender, who will likely be a part of Sony Sports activities’ dwell studio present, Sports activities Extraaa, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from July 23, stated throughout an internet choose media interplay on Tuesday.

On Amit, Vijender stated: “He’s world No.1 and that brings quite a lot of advantages. His fashion is thrilling. I’m informed he boxed properly in Dubai (within the Asian championships).” On one other southpaw Vikas, Vijender added, “That is his third Olympics and I hope he makes it (to the rostrum).”

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Vijender claimed he admired Mary, who landed a bronze medal within the 2012 London Olympics. “She is a powerful lady. I pray she comes again with a medal. She is preventing after having three children and we should be taught lots from her.”

Vijender anticipated Mary and Vikas to share their expertise with others. “Manish Kaushik requested me in regards to the Olympic Village. I shared my expertise in order that he would understand how it could be over there. Olympians like Mary and Vikas ought to share their expertise with others.”

Vijender, who gained his Olympic medal within the middleweight division, had a phrase of recommendation for fellow middleweight pugilist Ashish Kumar.

“Steer clear of social media and save your vitality. If you go to the Olympic Village, you’re handled like a king. No matter you wish to do within the Village, you are able to do there. Don’t waste your vitality, simply concentrate on why you’re right here and what you’re doing.”

Vijender lastly urged the countrymen to encourage all of the 9 certified Olympic boxers this yr, who he feels can carry out higher than the disappointing present through the Rio Video games.



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