Vijender Singh’s official Twitter profile describes him as ‘Boxer, Actor, Haryana Police ka Jawan’. He may be required to update it soon. The celebrated boxer is likely to lose his police job in the wake of his decision on Monday to turn professional. Vijender was made a Deputy Superintendent of Police by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government as a reward for his bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Vijender signed a multi-year deal with Queensberry Promotions, England, in a media conference in London on Monday, thus rendering himself ineligible to represent India in the Asian games, the Commonwealth games or even the Olympics.
While speaking with The Indian Express, Haryana’s Director General of Police YP Singhal said, “Because of his recent contract, if Vijender is unable to pay attention to his job as a DSP, he will have to go. It was his personal decision to have chosen between a job of DSP or his professional career in boxing. It was his decision to either work as a police officer or earn lots of money in boxing. He chose boxing in the professional circuit.
“However, it is a prerogative of the state government to take a call on his future in the police department. We are yet to study the rules and regulations. I am not aware if there are any such provisions to retain such a player in the police department when he has got into a professional circuit abroad and shall not be able to pay attention to his job as DSP. We wish him all the best.”
Haryana’s sports minister Anil Vij also hinted that Vijender might not be able to keep his job. “Now that he (Vijender) would no longer be able to represent the country, we will have to reconsider this decision,” Vij told media persons on Tuesday.
So far Vijender has juggled his police career with his boxing and acting commitments. In the past he had taken leave from the department to take part in MTV Roadies as well as for the shooting for his movie Fugly.
“I don’t think that it will be a problem. Haryana Police has always been supportive of me in the past and I don’t see why it will change any time in the future. I will take permission from the DGP of Haryana Police before I begin my professional career,” Vijender had told The Indian Express on Monday.
As many as 15 sportspersons have been included as DSPs in Haryana Police. The list includes, besides Vijender, boxers Akhil Kumar, Paramjeet Samota and Vikas Yadav.
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