WION Broadband Olympics Edition: Bhiwani boy becomes a global star

Aug 02, 2020, 02.10 PM(IST)
There was a wave of optimism surrounding Indian Boxing ahead of the 2008 Olympics. Akhil Kumar was a strong medal contender but while he and Jitender Kumar lost in the medal rounds, Vijender Singh took centre stage as he won a Bronze in the Men’s 75kg event. Singh had taken up the sport to secure a government job, his medal at Beijing made him one of India’s most loved icons.
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