After former cricketer Gautam Gambhir now Indian boxing champion Vijender Singh has stepped into politics to try his luck after having a successful sports career stint. The Olympic bronze medallist has joined the Indian National Congress (INC) and will battle in the political ring against BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha from South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, while the former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gambhir took the reigns of saffron party from East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency where he will face Congress party candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely and Aam Admi Party’s Atishi.
Both the renowned sports icons have been named as the candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Monday. Earlier in last month, the 37-year-old cricketer joined the Bhartiya Janta Party in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Gambhir, who inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the political field, had studied and grew up in Delhi which will prove as a plus point for the political party to gain prospective votes in Delhi constituency at the time of 2019 elections.
Boxing champion Vijender Singh expressed his feelings after joining Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party by saying, “in more than 20 years of my career in boxing I have always made my country proud in the ring. Now it’s time to do something for my countrymen & serve them. I would like to accept this opportunity”. He also thanked the president of Congress party Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi to show faith in him and gave such a big responsibility.
Earlier in 2008, Singh clinched his first-ever Olympic medal in Beijing Olympics where he defeated Carlos Gongora by 9-4 to cherish his victory with a bronze.