new Delhi: Boxer and Congress leader Vijender Singh, who gave India the Olympic medal, has threatened. He has said that if the central government does not accept the demands of the farmers who are protesting against the new agricultural law, then they will return the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He called the new law a ‘black law’.
The 35-year-old boxer from Bhiwani district of Haryana reached the Singhu Border in Delhi among the farmers protesting and showed solidarity towards them. Vijender Singh told the farmers, ‘If the government does not withdraw these black laws, then I will request them to withdraw my award. Enough is enough, if the government does not accept the demands of the farmers, then I have decided that in solidarity, I will return my Khel Ratna Award.
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The boxer said, ‘I come from a family belonging to farmers and army, I can understand their problems and helplessness. The time has come for the government to pay attention to their demands. Vijender Singh won India’s first Olympic medal in boxing as a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
If the government doesn’t withdraw the black laws, I’ll return my Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – the highest sporting honor of the nation: Boxer Vijender Singh #FarmLaws https://t.co/8Q5fVEmncC pic.twitter.com/imTATDZCei
– ANI (@ANI) December 6, 2020
Vijender also became the first Indian boxer to win a medal at the 2009 World Championships. In the same year, he was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honor for his outstanding performance. Vijender is currently a professional boxer and he also contested the Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket in 2019, in which he lost.
He said, ‘Of course this award means a lot to me but we also have to stand with those things in which we believe. If the solution to the crisis can be resolved with dialogue, we will all be happy. Earlier, former national boxing coach in-charge during the Beijing Olympics, Gurbax Singh Sandhu had also said that he should return his Dronacharya award in case the farmers do not accept the demands.