Vikas Krishan taking his chances with COVID to fulfil Olympic dream

The veteran welterweight boxer will be travelling to the USA to train for the Olympics.

By Subhayan Dutta

Veteran Indian boxer and two-time Olympian Vikas Krishan is willing to face the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic in his quest for gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old Krishan has managed to convince the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to grant him and his coach Ron Simms Jr the permission to train at the Alexandria Boxing Club in Virginia, USA till November 30.

While India is second globally with 4.5 million confirmed COVID cases so far, the USA leads with 6.3 million. But that hasn’t deterred the Indian boxer from travelling.

“In 10 years from now, when I look back at my boxing career, I don't want to regret thinking that 'I didn't take my chances because of the pandemic',” Vikas Krishan told the Times of India.

“I don't want people to say that 'I sat back at home and relaxed'. I want to give my best shot possible to win the Olympic gold,” the 2012 Arjuna Awardee added.

बॉक्सिंग मुकाबले में जीत दर्ज करने के बाद बॉक्सर विकास कृष्णन

Unable to win any medal at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Vikas Krishan had turned pro but wants one last shot at Olympic glory.

With both experience and skill on his side now, the Tokyo Olympics is the best chance for Vikas Krishan to win an Olympic medal. It’s why the welterweight boxer is willing to give it his all.

"It's obviously a tough decision for me and my family,” Vikas Krishan admitted.

“But if you want to achieve something as exceptional as winning an Olympic gold in your life, then you will have to come out of your comfort zone and take the risks.

“I have returned empty-handed from two Olympics and I don't want this opportunity to go begging," Krishan said.

Vikas Krishan will be training in Virginia where the Bhiwani boxer look to spar with tough opponents and get some ‘real-time action’.

“My earlier professional stint had turned me into a world-class boxer and I want to get into the same rhythm and action,” Vikas Krishan said.

“My approach at the Olympics this time would be that whichever opponent I draw with, I'll be able to defeat him in the first round itself.

“This will be my mindset heading into the Olympic Games," Krishan added.