I played through pain, says Vijender Singh There was nothing of the fanfare that marked Vijender Singh's return from Beijing four years back. The boxer, who went to London with hopes of improving on his bronze show, came back empty-handed on Friday, much ahead of his scheduled arrival on August 14.
And on his return, along with Jai Bhagwan, Vijender informed that he tweaked his plan due to a medical emergency. "We came back today morning and the first thing I did was to consult my doctor," Vijender told TOI on Friday.
Vijender had picked up a back injury and skin infection during team's 15-day training camp in Stanford. "I had picked up the injury in Stanford. It aggravated along the course of the Games as I couldn't take proper rest and didn't take medicines or put any ointment keeping in mind strict doping rules," Vijender said. Vijender, competing in his third Olympics, was knocked out at the 75kg quarterfinals by Uzbek rival Abbos Atoev.
The Bhiwani boxer confessed to have made some mistakes during his bouts. "It was my bad luck that I couldn't come back with a medal. London was a good experience; I learned a lot there which I am going to work on.
"Galtiyaan ho jati hai (Mistakes happen)," he said. "It is not the end of the world, I still have one more Olympic left in me," he added quickly. For now Vijender plans to eat well and recover from the injury before getting back into the boxing ring.
"I'll just rest for a while and recover from the injury. I am looking to come back at the National Championship after two months," he said. On the scoring system, the 26-year-old said: "Our boxers became victims of unfair decisions.
We all put in our best efforts be it the first timers ( Devendro, Sumit) or the experienced ones. In fact it was unfair referrals that cost us medals," he said. Vijender also plans to switch to 81kg category.
"It's been six years since I am participating in 75kg and I am tired of maintaining my weight. I'll want to eat well...gain some weight and give better performance in 81kg," he concluded. Jai Bhagwan, who was the first timer at Olympics after two failed attempts, feels Delhi Commonwealth Games were better than London by all means. "I think Commonwealth Games was better...
There were a lot of expectations from us and we failed to meet them. It was tough to kill time in the Village after we had lost our bouts so we decided to return home," Jai said, justifying their early return. On the scoring system, Jai Bhagwan echoed similar views and said: "Scoring to samajh he nahi aayi." Not just us, boxers from other countries were also victims of poor referring."