I want to popularise boxing: Vijender

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Kumar today said he will continue his fledgling modelling career in order to popularise boxing in the country.

''Boxing is a low profile sport and I am trying to popularise it among the Indian youth. I want to contribute in whatever way I can towards this goal and my modelling is a part of this,'' Vijender told mediapersons at a felicitation function organised for him by IACM.

''If cricketers can do modelling, then why can't I? Anyway, I have done modelling in the past also,'' he added.

Vijender, however, was not too keen to become an actor.

''Boxing is first priority. If we manage to win medals at the 2012 London Olympics, boxing will become even more popular. If we succeed in winning medals for the country, only then will this sport become popular in the country,'' he insisted.

The pugilist also disclosed that he will resume training at the camp in Patiala next month and will try to improve himself.

Speaking about the performances of Akhil and Jitender Kumar at the Beijing Olympics Vijender said,''they have done really well and will surely win medals at the next Games.

''Our performance in Beijing helped popularise boxing and Indian boxing will climb new heights in the future.'' UNI AB RKM AS1917

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