Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today congratulated boxer Vijender Singh (75kg) for qualifying for the London Olympics after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Vijender Singh became the first Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics for a third successive time. Out of the five boxers from India, who have so far qualified for the London Games, four including Vijender, belong to Haryana.
"They have brought laurels to the state and the country," said Hooda.
The first Indian to win an Olympic and World Championships medal - bronze in both events - Vijender outpunched Chuluuntumur Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia 27-17 to not just assure himself of an Olympic berth but also a medal at the ongoing tournament.
The other Indian boxers, who had already booked their berth in London Olympics were L Devendro Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg), all of whom had grabbed their slots after reaching the quarterfinals of the World Championships last year.