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Vijender out of Olympic contention

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.

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