Vijender worried over Indian boxing mess ahead of Rio Olympics

Mumbai: Concerned about the state of Indian boxing right now, professional star Vijender Singh said that action should be taken against those who are responsible for the current logjam due to which only three pugilists from the country qualified for next month’s Olympics. Shiva Thapa (56kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) are the three to have qualified for the Olympics this time, a marked drop from the eight who had made the cut for the London Games in 2012.

“Thats very bad. I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and explained each and every thing, but he is a busy person so he said ‘just email me each and everything’, so I just followed him, but this is really bad and I think we should take strong action (against) those who are responsible for this thing.

Last time eight boxers, this time three boxers,” Vijender, who would be taking on Australian Kerry Hope in a WBO Asia title clash this Saturday, told reporters here. The 30-year-old was on a visit to the Jamnabai Narsee School in suburban Vile Parle to promote the fight in Delhi, along with Bollywood actor, John Abraham.

“Somewhere we are lacking something. We don’t even have a boxing federation,” the 2008 Olympic Games bronze-medalist told reporters here. “I have been saying since one year, please do something,do something, but no one sees,” he added. India has been without a federation for a year now and little has been done to form a new body despite repeated warnings from the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

“Shiva, Manoj and Vikas are all experienced. They were with me in the London Olympics (2012), and I am hoping from all the three that they win medals, but from Shiva, I have more (hope). He is the best of the three,” he added. Shiva last year became only the third Indian boxer ever to clinch a World Championship bronze before winning a silver medal and an Olympic quota berth at the Asia/Oceania Zone Qualifiers in Qian’an, China.