Some of the most accomplished names in Indian boxing and a powerful Olympic medal hope he might be but Vikas Krishan has no qualms admitting that he has been “indisciplined” and “too reliant on luck up to now”, problems that he claims to have constant ahead of the Tokyo Games. Currently in Assisi, Italy for training, Vikas is the only one amongst the five Olympic-bound men to have the experience of competing in the Games. He made the 64kg pre-quarters in the 2012 London edition, the 75kg quarters in the 2016 Rio Games and is able to present his challenge in the 69kg category in Tokyo.
Speaking exclusively to PTI approximately his preparations, concerns and the pressure ahead of his third and perhaps last Olympic appearance, the Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist owned up to his mistakes as mannered.
“I used to be too reliant on luck earlier, the draw mattered more than it must. I used to be indisciplined, I didn’t train as rigorously as I must have in preceding years, didn’t maintain my health as much as I must have,” he conceded when asked approximately his evolution as a boxer since his preceding Olympic appearances.
“But it has changed now. I have made numerous sacrifices up to now one year. I have hardly seen my circle of relatives to make sure that my training isn’t disrupted. You’ll say I have seen my children grow up in photographs,” he said.
“Thankfully, I have had my near friend (and fellow boxer) Neeraj Goyat with me through all this. He has been my circle of relatives and at all times supported me despite the fact that he’s a full-time professional boxer,” he added.
Unbeaten in his own on-again-off-again professional stint, the Haryana-boxer has been a medal contender for India nearly each time he has stepped into the ring in the amateur circuit too and he has rarely faltered, excluding for the Olympics.
“This time I have paid attention to my nutrition properly, trained with numerous focus. I can’t be more prepared than what I am at this time. Isse zyada nahi ho sakta. I will feel it if truth be told that this is going to be my best Olympics,” said the DSP in Haryana Police.
“You realize what, whether things go as I have deliberate, then I will be able to win a gold medal. And whether things go as God might have deliberate, then also I will be able to win a gold medal,” the confidence was once tough to overlook.
“Several crores have been spent on me by the government and my sponsor JSW, I have to make all this count. I have got everything that I have needed to build myself up, it’s time to deliver now,” Vikas asserted.
He has more than one Asian Games and Asian championships medals and in conjunction with a bronze on this planet championships. Vikas was once also a youth world champion and a bronze-winner at the Youth Olympics. But those are past achievements for the Hisar-man, who said he has gone through extensive self-analysis after the disappointment in Rio Olympics.
“I sat down with coaches and asked them to tell me bluntly my shortcomings and they did. They told me such a lot of things and I made up our minds I will be able to make amends and I have,” he said.
“I used to receive disbalanced in the ring incessantly, it was once pointed out to me. That is no longer the problem. I have learnt to be cool, composed and calm. I made up our minds I will be able to make my jab the most efficient on this planet. It isn’t yet perfect but it is near,” he elaborated.
“My rear hand (straight punch) was once weak, it is stronger now. My near range boxing has improved. So yes, I have closely analysed my weaknesses and one after the other, I have addressed them,” he added.
Speaking of analysis, his decision to switch to welterweight (69kg), after trying for long to find a footing in the middleweight (75kg) division, has also worked out mannered for him.
“For the first time, I have reduced weight in my career. But it works for me. It is another some of the small sacrifices I have made. This move has got me good results,” he said.
Vikas said he has also learnt to be less anxious approximately what next in his journey of self discovery.
“I have tried to let go of things which I will’t keep an eye on, like the draw or the current situation on the subject of COVID-19. I will’t keep an eye on sure factors, so I have learnt not to spend my time and energy thinking approximately them,” he said.
“I realize that Russia, England and Jordan are the toughest in my category but unlike in past, I don’t care anymore because I have focussed my energies on myself,” he added.
The Tokyo Games are scheduled to open on July 23.
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