As Delhi failed to be part of the World Series of Boxing for the want of sponsors, India's top pugilist Vijender Singh on Friday urged country's boxers to continue their good show so that a fresh bid could be made in future.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Thursday terminated its agreement with Delhi and handed the franchise to the South Korean city of Incheon.
"I felt very bad to hear that. It could have been a huge opportunity for our boxers. It could have made the sport more popular. Indian boxers are doing very well and I hope we regroup ourself and produce more good performances and bid for a new franchise in future," Vijender told reporters in New Delhi.
Vijender was one of the most sought after boxer for WSB but refused to sign on the dotted line.
"I was asked to either compete in the 73kg or 85kg, both of which would have been very difficult for me. I was also concentrating on the Commonwealth Games then. I wanted to be a part but it was not to be," said the Haryana boxer, who competes in 75kg category.
The World championship bronze medallist, who was in New Delhi to launch 'Alfa boxer' luggages, a VIP brand, said that he was now focussing on the Asian Games and hoped to win a medal for the country.