New Delhi, August 17
Olympic-bound boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav on Monday advocated resumption of sporting ties between India and Pakistan, saying a boxing match can be a “great idea”.
The Indian pugilist, who’s presently coaching in Bellary, Karnataka, for the Tokyo Games, stated he met with Pakistani boxers in South Asian Games final 12 months they usually, too, wished the 2 nations to hitch fingers once more.
“Sports help in developing friendship between countries. India and Pakistan also must unite for the betterment of the people. However, I would also suggest that Pakistan needs to stop favouring terrorism and promise to be a good neighbor. Then there is no harm in playing with them,” stated Vikas.
“I believe a boxing match between India and Pakistan might be a great way of selling the game. I might ask each Pakistan and India that it could be higher in the event that they stay with love and affection,” he stated.
“Humanity is above all. Soldiers die and their families suffer. We must understand the need of the hour is to help each other rather than getting into an ugly fight,” added the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
British boxer of Pakistani-origin Amir Khan had not too long ago shared the identical views. “Many lives will be saved. Both India and Pakistan must unite and fight the common enemy which is poverty. I want all this tension between the two nations to end,” Amir had stated.
Earlier in March, Vikas turned one of many 9 Indian boxers to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, after shifting right down to 69kg weight class from 75kg.
The 28-year-old was compelled to go away the nationwide camp in Patiala in July after violating the COVID-19 quarantine protocols. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) later cleared him after an inner inquiry discovered the breach as “unintentional”.
“Whatever happened is history now. I don’t want to get into it. Right now, I am focusing on winning an Olympic gold. My training is going great guns and I am sure that I will perform well in Tokyo,” he stated. IANS