For Beijing Olympic Games bronze-medallist, Vijender Singh, the loss to Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev was hard to digest. But the boxing star took the pain in his stride.
Though he couldn't succeed, he will continue to be a star as was evident when he took a stroll in the Westfield mall
where he was mobbed by fans.
Beijing was your life's biggest triumph, how would you explain the London low?
The Beijing triumph was an achievement to remember. The medal gave me so much happiness. I am feeling disappointed here because I saw the medal slipping out of my hand. Nothing can make up the loss.
You said you couldn't sleep the entire night after the loss…
The loss was too hard to digest. After coming back to the room, whenever I closed my eyes, I saw myself in the ring and referee lifting the Uzbekistan boxer's hand. I thought I would go insane thinking about the bout, so I switched on my laptop and saw a movie on Youtube. I went to sleep around five in the morning and woke up at 7 am.
Yesterday, I went for a stroll to the Tower Bridge with (team-mate) Jai Bhagwan in the evening. I am trying hard to forget about the bout, but it will take some time.
How are you are feeling now?
I am feeling lost… I tried my best, but in the end I couldn't make it. Before the bout, I was the Olympic bronze-medallist and now I am a former medallist. I don't know whether people will remember me now.
But whatever best I could offer to the sport, I did. In return, the sport too has given me everything — name, fame and money.
Would you like to describe your quarterfinal bout?
I don't feel like talking about it. But I did commit some mistakes because of which the bout slipped through my fingers. In the second round, I collided with Abbos Atoev and hurt my back.
After that, I couldn't move properly. But I am not giving any excuses.
Indian coaches, after reviewing your bout, say you scored more points?
Now, there is no point discussing the issue. I lost the bout by four points, which means I should have scored at least five more points to win it.
Do you think the India camp should have lodged a protest?
I can't say anything on the issue. It's better you ask the coaches.
Do you think you were better prepared for Beijing than London?
At Beijing, I was a newcomer in the big league, while in London I had the experience of winning an Olympic medal. So, I was a better boxer this time around. But the result was different.
Now what on the boxing front? Rio 2016?
For the next Olympics its four years to go and four years is a very long period, so it is very difficult to say right now. But for sure I am not going to leave boxing. Its my life. My next target is 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games.
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