Boxer Vikas Krishan is most likely to make his third appearance in the Olympics as he prepares for Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Vikas is ready to leave for the United States for professional training under the Target Olympic Podium scheme (TOPs) to prepare for the big event. The move to the United States has not been confirmed yet by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Sandip Pradhan. Vikas, who currently weighs 69kgs said that his proposal has been accepted by the TOPs CEO Rajesh Rajagopalan. In an interaction with IANS, he said “I am now waiting for SAI DG’s green signal. As and when he will clear me, I will leave in a couple of days. Most probably by today or tomorrow, I might get the confirmation.”
When the 28-year old Haryana based boxer was asked how long his training stint will be, he said “I will go there for three months. My aim is to win an Olympic gold and for that I am ready to put my life in danger. Flights are on now and I will travel with full precaution so that I can concentrate on my training rather than getting infected and sitting in some hotel room somewhere [in quarantine]”.
Vikas chose not to disclose any details regarding the venue for his training when asked, and said “You will get to know about it later; first let me get all the confirmation. I used to train in New York earlier, but this time the venue has changed. I am in talks with my promoters [Hall of Famer Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions] and they will help me in getting professional training and some bouts too as professional boxing has now started in the USA,” he said. “I will be going alone, without any family member travelling with me. I don’t want to get distracted.”
BFI’s support to Vikas Krishan:
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has been very supportive to this move. When asked, Vikas said that the federation and coaches have been very supportive and that they have helped him in achieving his dream of winning an Olympic gold.
The boxer has previously won gold medals in both Commonwealth Games and in Asian games, and is set for his third Olympic appearance. He will also be the most experience of the five men who have made the cut to the Olympics so far to represent India.