Tribune News Service
Bhiwani, August 14
#Middle-weightboxerVikasKrishan, who stormed Rio Olympics quarterfinals after defeating Turkey’s Onder Sipal, has evoked hopes of a medal in his home district, Bhiwani.
“With one more victory against Uzbek boxer Bektemir Melikuziev on August 16 and Vikas would ensure a medal for the country,” says elated Krishan Kumar, father of Vikas.He took more than a year to concentrate on his game after the ‘humiliation’ he faced during 2012 London Olympic when the decision was changed due to technical reasons, said Kumar, who had retired from the Electricity Department.
Vikas’s mother Darshna Devi, who distributed sweets to neighbours and relatives after his victory, said that her son had toiled hard for the day for the last three years.Jagdish Singh, who coached Vikas in his initial years, said: “Vikas’s body language during bout exudes confidence to take on an opponent and strategy to take on the pressure with patience.”“Speaking honestly, both the boxers have equal chances of winning the upcoming bout, but Vikas has an advantage of being experienced and of height. If he plays with cool mind, he can topple his player,” he said.Expecting the repeat of history, Dronacharya Awardee Jagdish said his victory had the potential to revive glorious boxing days again as it happened in 2008 after #amateur-turned-professionalboxerVijenderSingh won a bronze medal in Beijing Olympics.