New Delhi: Boxer and Congress leader Vijender Singh, who won India’s Olympic medal, threatened. He said that if the central government did not accept the demands of the farmers who protested against the new agricultural law, then they would return the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. He called the new law a “black law”.
The 35-year-old boxer from Bhiwani district in Haryana arrived at the Singhu border in Delhi among farmers demonstrating and showing solidarity with them. Vijender Singh told the farmers, “If the government doesn’t take away these black laws, then I will ask them to take away my reward. Now 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 Prize (Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Prize).
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The boxer said: “I come from a family belonging to farmers and the military, I can understand their problems and their helplessness. The time has come for the government to heed their demands. Vijender Singh won India’s first Olympic boxing medal as a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
If the government does not remove the black laws, I will return my award Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – the nation’s highest sporting honor: 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 received 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 election on a congressional ticket in 2019, in which he lost.
He said: “ Of course this award means a lot to me, but we also have to stand in solidarity with those things we believe in. If the solution to the crisis can be resolved through dialogue, we will all be happy. Previously, the former national boxing coach in charge of the Beijing Olympics, Gurbax Singh Sandhu also said he would have to return his Dronacharya award in case the farmers did not accept the applications.