STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Vijender unfazed by pressure of expectations ahead of Olympics

Published: 06th July 2012 02:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2012 02:04 PM   |  A+A-

vijendar pti
By PTI

He rose from anonymity with a bronze in Beijing that was as good as gold for Indian boxing but set for an unprecedented third Olympic appearance, Vijender Singh wants to remain oblivious -- at least to the pressure that comes with being one of the country's biggest stars at the greatest sporting show on earth.

The 25-year-old, incidentally also the nation's first medallist at the World Championships (a bronze in the 2009 Milan edition), is a former world number one and is unarguably the brightest name in a seven-strong Indian boxing contingent for the London Olympics.

He is well aware of the expectations from him but Vijender (75kg) would rather not think about those.

"I can understand there are expectations but I cannot keep thinking about them. My job is to focus on training and leave the rest to God. I prefer to shut my mind to everything else ahead of major competitions," the Haryana lad told.

Vijender has earned his Olympic berth the hard way, failing in his first two attempts before finally making the cut in the third and last chance -- the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in April.

But he prefers to pick the positives from the process instead of harping on the agonising wait he endured.

"It was all a part of the learning process. It made me tougher as a competitor. Yes, there have been low points but that's part and parcel of being an international athlete. You can't escape such phases. I am just glad that I came through," said the strapping six-footer.

"Now the aim is another Olympic medal because that is what I will be remembered for. Being a three-time Olympian is fine but it would be better with a two-time medallist tag along with it," he said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp