Rio 2016 Olympics: Vijender’s Rio hopes dashed after Vikas Krishan qualifies


New Delhi : A day after MC Mary Kom failed to get a wild card for Rio Olympics, 2008 Beijing Games bronze medallist Vijender Singh's hopes of making it also dashed following news of Vikas Krishan qualifying in the 75kg weight category on Thursday. Vikas Krishan making the cut for Olympics in the 75kg category. Vikas entered the semifinals of the AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan to book a Rio berth after out-punching Korea’s Lee Dongyun in the quarterfinals 3-0.

Though disappointed that he would not be able to take a shot at Olympic qualification now, Vijender said he is happy for those who have made the cut. “I wish Vikas all the best and I hope he gets a gold medal in Rio. My best wishes are also with Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) who have also qualified for the Games,” Vijender told a news agency from Manchester. “I would have loved to have a shot at Olympic qualification but as things stand now, I will continue fighting in the pro arena. I am very happy for the boys who have qualified as they have done it against all odds,” added India’s first Olympic medallist, who fetched a bronze in the 2008 edition of the Games.

Vijender, who also happens to be the country’s first World Championships medallist, had expressed a desire to give Olympic qualification a shot when AIBA flung the doors open for pro boxers after an extraordinary congress earlier this month. Vijender will next be seen in action on July 16 when he competes for the WBO Asia title belt against Australian Kerry Hope in the national capital.