Vijender Singh Will Attend Rio Olympics to Inspire Indian Boxers

Updated: 05 July 2015 17:53 IST

Vijender Singh says even a hectic career as a professional boxer cannot stop him from attending the Rio Olympics and helping Indian boxers fight their way to glory.

His decision to turn professional may have made many question his commitment to the country. For Olympic medalist Vijender Singh though, the switch would hardly halt his contribution to the development of Indian boxing. On Sunday, the 29-year-old revealed that he will be going to the 2016 Rio Olympics to support the Indian contingent and will help the boxers in any way possible. (Vijender Seeks Inspiration from Pacquiao and Mayweather)

Vijender made the announcement of turning pro on Monday - a move that put him out of contention for the Rio Olympics next year. Speaking to sports.ndtv.com, Vijender said he will continue to help Indian boxers in every possible way. "I will go to the Rio Olympics and I will definitely meet up with the Indian boxers who qualify," said Vijender. "I have experience of having fought at the big stage and so, I will surely make it a point to share my views." ('Vijender Turning Professional Means India Have Lost a Good Olympic Medal Prospect')

The celebrity-boxer also feels his career in professional boxing will enable him to come back and assist fellow Indian sportspersons in a big way. This despite the fact that the demands of amateur and professional boxing are different. "The two are indeed very different from one another. There are however certain similarities - especially in terms of training - and I would love to share what I learn with people back home," he said. "It (professional boxing) is very new for me at the moment. In fact, I am starting at the very basic level. (But) There's no reason why I can't teach others once I get accustomed to the demands of the format." (Respect Vijender's Decision to Turn Pro: Mary Kom)

Not having Vijender in the Olympic ring then, may still disappoint his ardent admirers and fanatic fans. His promise of committed support and unflinching help though will continue to make him an inspiration for aspiring boxers across the country. (Vijender Feels it Was the Right Time to Turn Professional)

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