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I'm closer to my Olympic dream: Vijender Singh

Age is a key factor for boxers but not always, feels Vijender Singh. Drawing special reference to Bernard Hopkins, oldest ever to win a world title at the age of 46, he says nothing is impossible.

Vijender Singh

The record-breaking feat must have inspired the boxer, who is the senior most in the Indian squad for the London Olympics. Believing in the mantra that age is no bar, Vijender believes he can climb the podium since he is much younger. “If he could achieve it, why can’t I? I am just 26 and raring to go,” said the boxer.Vijender who is training in Patiala, says there is no time for distractions as he follows a punishing schedule for ‘mission Olympics’. “With each passing day I am getting closer to my Olympic dream and my aspiration of clinching another medal.”Following his present form, the handsome hunk can go one step further from his previous bronze in 2008. “Today I only concentrate on boxing and devote most of the time for training,” he said.The Olympian went through a bad patch after making an early exit in the World championships. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, he had to settle for a bronze. But he went on to win gold at the Guangzhou Asian Games. But things were not in his favour as he made a first-round exit in the 2011 World Championships, complicating things.He himself was not sure of getting an Olympic berth since he had to go through the grind of Asian qualifiers. Despite all odds, he never allowed depression to take over his life. Eventually, he proved his detractors wrong, letting his punches do the talking.”I always call a spade a spade,” he said referring to the critics, who once called him a ‘spent force.’ “It hurt me, made me sad. Later I realized it’s a part of life. It’s an eye opener for me.”Vijender deems himself fortunate to have made the cut for London Games. “I am lucky and God is always kind. I have vowed to give my best and make everyone proud.”The poster boy of Indian boxing will attend a training-cum-tournament in Ireland with fellow boxers to sharpen their skill before the London Olympics.

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