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Banking on home support

other Updated: Aug 13, 2010 01:36 IST
Commonwealth Games

Olympic bronze medalist and brand ambassador of the Delhi Commonwealth Games Vijender Singh felt support from a passionate home crowd will be a big boost for pugilists chasing glory in Delhi.

The pugilist, who is the only boxer to have won a medal in Asian, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and the World Championships, also felt Indian boxers will perform much better than the Melbourne Games in 2006.

"Earlier, Indian boxers were happy to participate in the Olympics and the World Championships, but now things have changed," said Vijender. "The pugilists enter the ring oozing confidence and can match rivals punch for punch."

"At the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, Indian boxers claimed three medals. The tally increased to five in 2006, but this time in Delhi, we are hoping to win eight or nine medals," said the 24-year-old from Bhiwani.

"After India's fine show in this year's Commonwealth Boxing Championships, we are hopeful of winning more medals and better India's gold count as well. We got one gold each in 2002 and 2006, and we are hoping that this tally will increase to five or six," he said.

Vijender missed the National Championships in New Delhi, but said he had recovered from injury. "I am ready for the show," he said.

The Indian boxing squad for the Commonwealth Games will be finalised after the August 26-28 selection trials in Patiala.
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