Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vijender a fan of Messi, Ronaldo

Vijender Kumar
NEW DELHI: At a time when the world has caught the football fever, leading Indian boxers are training hard for the Commonwealth Games at the National Institute of Patiala (NIS) under national coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu. Despite the tough training schedule, the boxers have an eye too on the ‘beautiful game’.

"I like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. I don’t have any favourite team as such but I support the team that is winning. We are able to watch only the first match of the day, since we need to get up early for training next day," said Beijing bronze medalist Vijender Kumar. Vijender was speaking on the sidelines of the Samsung’s Sports Ratna scholarship programme for the Guangzhou Asian Games. The games are scheduled for 12-27 November this year.

Refereeing bloopers in the World Cup and the demand for the increased use of technology notwithstanding, Vijender wants the world body and the leading nations to take a stand on the use of technology in boxing.

"Let them have something in place and take a stand, we will follow it," he said. Vijender said he was proud to be the first to carry the Queen’s baton when it entered India through the Wagah-Attari border on June 25.

Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Gagan Narang, Ranjan Sodhi (all shooting), Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar, Nanao Singh, Suranjoy Singh (boxing) and grapplers Sushil Kumar and Ramesh Kumar have been selected for the programme wherein the company will support their training expenses.

Samsung India’s association with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) dates back to 1998 when they supported the Indian contingent for the Bangkok Asian Games. 

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