Barinder Saluja, Chandigarh,July 29 : The Olympic Bronze Medal winner, boxer Vijender Singh, is very much enthusiastic & ready to Punch his latest endorsement as Commonwealth Games – 2010 brand Ambassador. “It feels really great to be representing what I know the best. And since its home ground, its an added advantage”. He also said that Boxing & winning Medal for his country is more important to him than anything else. He He was very happy that persons from not so popular sports like Boxing, Badminton & Shooting have been given preference above the Big Wigs from the Bollywood to be on this podium. Along with Vijender, five more players have been endorsed as brand ambassador for the Games, they are, Abhinav Bindra & Samresh Jung from shooting, badminton player Saina Nehwal, women boxer MC Mary Kom, and wrestler Sushil Kumar. Vijender Singh was here today in the city on the occasion of the Launch of a Punjabi Magazine, “G-Asia”.
Well known Punjabi Pop Singer, Daler Singh Mehndi, was also a part of the launch and was present on the occasion. Daler said, “I am open to anything related to the promotion of Punjabi’s and Punjabiyat around the world. Weather through my Songs or my efforts, I have always associated myself with the promotion of Punjabi heritage and culture”.
The boxer is training himself at NIS Patiala along with other boxers Akhil Kumar, Jatinder Singh, A.L Lakra & Dinesh Kumar. He also Said that all the boxers in the camp are preparing themselves both physically & mentally for the mega event”.
Vijender Singh Beniwal (born October 29, 1985) (also known as Vijender Singh or Vijender Beniwal) is an Indian boxer from Kalwas village, Bhiwani District in Haryana. He belongs to a Hindu family of Jat ethnicity. Vijender’s early days were spent in his village where he did his schooling, after which he received a bachelor’s degree from a local college in Bhiwani. He practiced boxing at the Bhiwani Boxing Club where coach Jagdish Singh recognized his talent and encouraged him to take to professional boxing.
Vijender went on to compete at the sub-junior nationals where he won a silver medal for two years in succession. Having won medals in different competitions at the national level, Vijender was picked to train and compete at several international level competitions such as the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the 2006 Asian games in Doha, he won the bronze medal after losing the semifinal bout against Kazakistans Bhaktiyar Artiyaev. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, he defeated Carlos Gangora of Ecuador 9–4 in the quarterfinals which guaranteed him a bronze medal—the first ever Olympic medal for an Indian boxer.
After this historic win, Vijender was felicitated with a number of awards, including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award—India’s highest sporting honour. In 2009, he participated at the World Amateur Boxing Championship where he won the bronze medal. In the same year, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced Vijender as the top-ranked boxer in its annual middleweight category list with 2800 points. He is credited for bringing back the sport of boxing into the limelight in India.