The year has started off on a great note for Indian boxer Vijender Singh. Apart from carrying the “undefeated” tag in professional boxing, the 30-year-old got the chance to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and share a few laughs as well.
Vijender met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Capital on Wednesday to discuss the state of boxing in India. Apart from discussing various issues, the boxer was regaled by the PM’s sense of humour.
“Unhone joke kara end mein. ‘Arrey hum bhi to Parliament ke andar boxing hi kartey hai.’ Maine unhe bola, ‘Haan, Sir aap andar ki boxing sambhaliye, main bahar ka sambhalta hoon’,” Vijender quipped.
Talking about the Prime Minister, he said, “He has got a lot of energy and is very interested in what one has to say. Now, I understand why youngsters like him. He told me he wasn’t aware about the state of boxing in our country and asked me to submit a detailed report about the same.”
Vijender said that he has also invited the PM to a game at the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Asia title during his homecoming pro bout in June in Delhi. He said he wanted the PM to watch him throw a few punches. “I have invited him for our match in June. He has said he will try to come. He is a busy man,” he said before adding that he really hopes that the PM manages to watch (him) fight live.
While he has been living in England for the last six months, Vijender admitted that he found it tough to adapt to the cold British weather. However, Viju, as he is lovingly called, said that his will to succeed has only become stronger. “I am 30 now and I want to be successful as soon as possible and by the time I am 35-36, I want to come back to India and teach people what I have learnt over there,” he signed off.