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Vijender: Medal is for my son

New Delhi: A swollen face, a ligament injury in the left hand and a terribly groggy throat, courtesy a bout of flu — Vijender Singh fought through all these to get a near-perfect birthday present for his son — a Commonwealth Games (CWG) silver medal.

The former middleweight world number one lost to England’s Antony Fowler in the final on Saturday to settle for his second silver medal in CWG.

“I am happy that I fought well despite not being physically 100 per cent... It is my son’s birthday on Monday, so this medal is for him. A gold medal would have been better but even this silver is dedicated to him. He is my world,” said the pugilist.

As for the injury that he has sustained, Vijender said he would consult doctors before taking a call on whether to give the September Asian Games a shot. Vijender is the defending gold-medallist at the event.

“Let’s see, I can’t say right now whether I would participate or give it a miss. It will depend on what the doctors tell me. If my fitness is not up to it, I will not put myself at risk by pushing too hard,” he said.

“The scheduling of these events (CWG and Asian Games) is such that these issues always crop up. Either there should be a bigger gap or medallists from one event should not be asked to appear for trials for the next.” (PTI)