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Vikas Krishan: Will not think about turning professional till I win Olympic medal

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Vikas Krishan: Will not think about turning professional till I win Olympic medal

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SportsCafe Desk

09/07/2016

Indian pugilist Vikas Krishan has insisted that he will refrain from switching to professional boxing until he wins an Olympic medal. The 24-year-old has also suggested that the pressure got to him in the Olympics, which stopped him from performing at his best during his quarter-final exit in Rio.

"There's always pressure on us (boxers). There was a lot of pressure on me and because of the pressure I could not perform well in the Rio Olympics," Vikas Krishan said, reported PTI.

The Haryana-born boxer had previously hinted that the 2016 Olympics will be his last, before he follows the footsteps of Vijender Singh and switches to pro boxing. However, the quarter-final defeat at the hands of Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan has evidently changed his mind.

"I am very sad I could not win a medal. My aim is to win a medal in the Olympic Games. I will not think about turning professional till then or until someone pushes me out (of the weight class).

"Now there's no boxing federation. JSW (Sports) supported me. I will continue in the 75kg. Uptil 69kg, the focus is on speed but from 75 it's on power," he added.

Meanwhile, Sakshi Malik has insisted that the expectations and pressure on her will only increase after the Bronze medal win in Rio. She said, "The pressure is going to increase now. It will double or even treble. But I am confident that I will overcome it and try to do well in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo."

The 24-year-old also spoke about the training camp she attended in Bulgaria before the Olympics, which helped her improve by leaps and bounds.

"Those two Japanese wrestlers were very disciplined in diet and the supplements they took. They showed me when to eat and what to eat.

"I have seen a sea change in the attitude towards girls taking to wrestling. When I started we were only 5-6 girls in wrestling. The change started after the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Now we have two mats and a lot many girls," Sakshi explained.

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