India pro boxing star Vijender Singh has been confined to the boundaries of his home in Delhi but that hasn’t stopped him from training indoors in the hope that his career will resume in the second half of the year which currently has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Lockdown 4.0: This State Allows Taxis And Auto-rickshaws in Red Zones From Today
Vijender was to fight in May which now stands cancelled due to the global lockdown enforced by the spread of the deadly virus which has infected almost 1.2 million people globally and left at least 68,000 dead. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
“I was supposed to fight in May but that is cancelled for now because of the current situation. But I am hopeful things will improve and I will get to fight later in the year. I think it will work out,” Vijender told PTI. Also Read - On First Day of Last Week of Lockdown 4.0, India Reopens Its Skies; Highest Single-Day Spike of 6,977 Recorded | 10 Points
“Obviously, I am at a loss but there is nothing that can be done. So, you just make peace with it and wait for things to normalise. I have everything at home to ensure that I don’t need to step out. I do my training on my own, which is not unusual because I have the luxury of a trainer only when I am in England,” he added.
Vijender has been unbeaten on the circuit with 13 wins in as many bouts so far. “The idea is to keep my body in shape for whenever the action resumes. I am doing it at home because in any case, you cannot move out,” he said.
Vijender, who joined Congress last year, is hopeful that situation in India will improve and vows to keep questioning the steps taken by the government to counter the deadly virus which has reportedly resulted in 75 deaths in the country.
“I have spoken to doctors who tell me that we should be testing more people,” the 34-year-old said. “I hope it is being done. We can only hope that the situation doesn’t get worse, look at what’s happening around the world, it’s scary. So I do raise questions on how we are doing. We all should even if it comes with a bit of trolling, we should not stop asking for better.”
Vijender became the first ever Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal when he took bronze from the Beijing Games 2008. Like other sportspersons, he too has reached out in helping the less privilege section of the society tide the testing times.
“I avoid getting into mass-feeding of people because that would ensure that social distancing goes for a toss, defeating the whole purpose of a lockdown. So what I do is ensure that ration reaches needy families. I am directly in touch with people and reach out wherever there is a requirement,” he said.