Vijender Singh frustrated with ad-hoc committee's Rio Olympic wildcard ignorance
For the first time since turning Professional, Vijender Singh has questioned decisions made by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) appointed ad-hoc committee in India. The 2008 Beijing bronze medallist expressed frustration with the temporary body’s Rio wildcard petition selection process.
Vijender has begun his pro career unbeaten, winning his first six fights in convincing fashion. With Olympic now allowing pro’s to fight at the Olympics, the 30-year old was an immediate choice for Rio. However, the ad-hoc committee has already confirmed that they’re attempting help Mary Kom attain the wild-card.
He said, “Being very honest I’m frustrated with the current state of affairs. Three Olympic Games, Olympic medal, Asian Games and Commonwealth medals what else does one need to be considered?”
Speaking about his pro career wins, Vijender added, “Now that finally AIBA has relaxed its rules, I can represent my country. I still win for my country, if I’m pro, yes I will earn more money, but India will be winning with me. When I become Asian Champion later this year, I will also be winning it for India. So, it doesn’t make sense why they think I have stopped being an essential part of the setup.”
A source close to Vijender also confirmed that he will be meeting members of the committee, later this week. Our source said, “He will be meeting them to discuss how he deserves to be selected and how relaxing of rules can benefit India in a positive manner. There is no problem with Mary Kom going, but she didn’t qualify, so it's not fair. We don’t have anything against her, but Vijender is just frustrated.”
Earlier Vijender told a leading publication, “Why can't the ad-hoc committee demand the same for me from the AIBA? They are making every effort to get a wild card for Mary Kom despite the fact that she has not qualified for Rio. There seems to be a clear bias.”
Vijender is all set to fight for the WBO Asia-Pacific title against Australia’s James Hope in New Delhi on July 16. The first phase of tickets have already sold out, highlighting Pro-Boxing’s arrival in India.