He was not quite sure if training abroad before Olympics would help much but after spending a fortnight preparing in Ireland,London-bound Vijender Singh said the experience has done a world of good to the Indian boxers ahead of the mega-event this month. An unprecedented seven Indian male boxers would be participating in the Olympics in London and six of them were in Dublin for a fortnight last month to train for the Games. Vijender (75kg),Shiva Thapa (56kg),L Devendro Singh (49kg),Manoj Kumar (64kg),Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60kg) were the ones who trained in Dublin under the watchful eyes of national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu,while Vikas Krishan (69kg) stayed back to give his college exams. Vijender said he was skeptical about going abroad with just a few weeks left for the Olympics but has come back more assured of his preparations for London.
“I was not sure how it would help us,I thought training in Patiala would be better. But after going there,I realised how much difference it could make to our preparations,” Vijender told PTI after returning to the country.