With Vikas Krishan making the cut for Olympics in the 75kg category, the door is shut on the much celebrated Vijender Singh, who was eyeing qualification to Rio ever since the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allowed professional boxers to compete in the quadrennial showpiece.
Vikas entered the semifinals of the AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan to book a Rio berth after out-punching Korea’s Lee Dongyun in the quarterfinals 3-0 on Thursday. Though disappointed that he would not be able to take a shot at Olympic qualification now, Vijender said he was happy for those who have made the cut.
“I wish Vikas all the best and I hope he gets a gold medal in Rio. My best wishes are also with Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) who have also qualified for the Games,” Vijender said.