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COVID-19: Vijender Singh hopes his pro career will resume in second half of 2020


NEW DELHI: The planning has gone out of the window due to the COVID-19 pandemic but hope is intact for India's skilled boxing megastar Vijender Singh, who's constructive of resuming his these days on-hold career in the second half of the yr.

Unbeaten in the circuit with 12 wins, Vijender is shriveled with Hall of Famer Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions in the USA, which has been ravaged by the deadly outbreak.

"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," the 34-year-old, who holds the honour of being India's first Olympic medallist in boxing, told PTI.

"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," he added.

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The 34-year-old said he's continuing to coach at house in Delhi to stay in shape.

"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 said.


Vijender's instructor is Manchester-based Lee Beard, who joins him a couple of weeks earlier than his fights.

"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.

The boxer is also an energetic flesh presser and fought Lok Sabha elections on a Congress price tag last yr.

Vijender has been actively wondering the federal government response to the pandemic. He said it's not just his proper but additionally his duty as a public determine.

"I have spoken to doctors who tell me that we should be testing more people. 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," he said.


"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," he added.


And it is not that he is not doing his bit in the disaster.


"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," he said.


"I am directly in touch with people and reach out wherever there is a requirement," he said.


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