The bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics is looking forward to another medal at the Games, but only on his own terms.
Indian boxer Vijender Singh wants to have a crack at Olympic glory next year in Tokyo - but has certain terms he wants met before committing to a return to the Olympic ring.
“Of course, I am planning to participate in the Olympics. I will try my best to reach the Tokyo Olympics but there are many terms and conditions,” the Indian boxer told reporters at an event in New Delhi. “You have to stay at the (national) camp for two, two-and-a-half months and a number of other formalities are involved. I have done all that in the past, now I cannot fulfill all these conditions."
Singh, who won India’s first-ever Olympic medal in the sport at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, turned pro in 2015, just months ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.
The Indian pugilist assured that he is willing to turn up for a trial and wants to adhere to the Boxing Federation India’s (BFI) selection policy.
“I believe in straight talk, I do not like beating around the bush. Tell me when I have to turn up for the trial, who do I have to face, and I will do that. If I get selected, great, if not then I will return. I want to raise India’s flag at the Olympics and I will try for that,” he said.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed a commendable career in the professional circuit so far, enjoying a 12-0 win/loss record in his favour. His latest win came over Ghana’s former Commonwealth champion Charles Adamu last month.