Kumar Vijender Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Boxing For India

Kumar Vijender Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Boxing For India

Vijender Kumar secures India’s first boxing medal
BEIJING (Reuters) – Middleweight Vijender Kumar secured India’s first boxing medal when he outpointed Ecuador’s Carlos Goncora in the Beijing quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Kumar extended an impressive run by winning a 9-4 points decision to reach the last four and make sure of at least a bronze.

Since first sending seven boxers to the 1948 Games in London, the Indians have failed to reach the medal rounds in all 12 Olympics they have participated in.

Cheered on by a small but raucous Indian contingent at the Workers’ Gymnasium, the 23-year-old took a 2-0 lead in the first round and firmly defended it in the three close rounds that followed.

“It was a very tough bout and I want to do better next time,” Kumar, who was mobbed by thrilled Indian supporters after his win, told Reuters.

“Everybody is very excited and the whole of India was watching on television,” he added. “This is a historic moment in my life.”

Kumar might struggle in his semi-final against Cuba’s Emilio Correa, who advanced by outpointing Uzbek Elshod Rasulov 9-7. (Reference)


Vijender gets to fly free for life with SpiceJet
New Delhi, August 22: Low-cost airlines SpiceJet on Friday announced boxer Vijender Kumar can fly for life in their domestic flights in recognition of his historic feat of winning a bronze in Beijing Olympics.
Vijender became the first ever Indian to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in 75kg category in Beijing Olympics.

The airlines has earlier honoured Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar with the same offers after their gold (in shooting) and bronze (in wrestling) winning feats respectively.

Vijender can now travel free on SpiceJet’s domestic network all his life, SpiceJet Chief Commercial Officer Samyukth Sridharan said in a release.

“We are delighted to welcome Vijender into our family of SpiceJetters by offering him unlimited free personal travel for life along with Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar. Sportsmen like Vijender Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Abhinav Bindra have made us proud and will help more people to focus on their dream,” Sridharan said. (Reference)


Boxer Vijender Kumar enters quarters
Continuing the stupendous show of Indian boxers, Vijender Kumar stormed into the quarterfinals of 75kg middleweight event of the Beijing Olympics after overwhelming Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 in a lop-sided pre-quarterfinal bout on Saturday.

With this win, he became the third Indian boxer to enter the quarterfinals. Jitender Kumar (Flyweight category) and Akhil Kumar (Bantamweight category) are the other two Indian pugilist to make it to the quarterfinals. While Vijender and Jitender will play their respective quarterfinals on Wednesday, Akhil plays his on Monday.

Vijender attacked from the word ‘go’ and dominated the middleweight bout. His sharp reflexes and height didnot allow the Thai pugilist to overpower him in any of the four rounds. The Indian unleashed mostly upper cuts and jabs and the Thai had no clue as to what was going.

In the first round, he led 2-0. In the second round, however, Angkhan opened his account and managed to grab a point but Vijender had four punches on target and led 6-1. In the third round he did not allow his opponent any point and extended his lead to 10-1.

The Thai boxer made some recovery in the fourth round and earned 2 points but it came too late and Vijender had three accurate punches in comparison to Angkhan’s two punches, taking his total to 13-3.

The one-sided show from Vijender drew praise from his coach GS Sandhu who said things worked out according to the plan.

“It was a great bout and Vijender displayed his full bag of tricks. It went just as we had planned,” an elated coach GS Sandhu said.

“Vijender was in full control and not for once did he look vulnerable. Whatever we planned bore fruit and I’m proud of the way he fought today,” he added.

Asked about Vijender’s next bout, Sandhu said, “He has not played against him (Carlos Gongora) but we have certain plans and you will see it in the quarterfinal bout itself.” (Reference)

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– Kumar Vijender Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Boxing

India's Kumar Vijender (L) is declared winner after defeating Thailand's Angkan Chomphuphuang during their 2008 Olympic Games Middleweight (75 kg) boxing bout on August 16, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

India's Kumar Vijender (L) is declared winner after defeating Thailand's Angkan Chomphuphuang during their 2008 Olympic Games Middleweight (75 kg) boxing bout on August 16, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

How Sathya Sai Baba’s Vibhuti Allowed Sunil Gavaskar To Play In Australia

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


How Sathya Sai Baba’s Vibhuti Allowed Sunil Gavaskar To Play In Australia
Shammi Paranjape, a close relative of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar (sister-in-law), shares this amazing episode that happened miles away down under in Australia:

“One of the very first experiences Sunil Gavaskar had was during the Indian tour of Australia in 1977, when Bishen Singh Bedi was captain of the Indian cricket team.

During the three-day match against Victoria, Sunil slipped on the ground while fielding and tore a muscle in his thigh. It turned out to be a severe injury. In those days, the Indian team did not have a physiotherapist traveling with them, so Sunil’s injury was shown to the home team’s physiotherapist.

After he was examined, Sunil was informed that it was a severely torn muscle and he would be out of the game for the next six weeks. This was a big blow as the next Test match was starting within a week’s time.

Sunil was in excruciating pain and unable to stand or put any pressure on the right leg. He phoned Pammi (his wife) in India and informed her about this development. Pammi immediately told him, ‘Apply Sathya Sai Baba’s Vibhuti’.

Sunil said that he had none with him. ‘I’ll send you some right away. Apply it in the affected area, I’m sure it will work’, she replied.

The prospect of Sunil being fit enough to play for the next Test, which was four days away, seemed a total impossibility, so he was not picked for that particular match in the Test squad. In the meanwhile, Sushil Doshi, one of the Hindi commentators of All India Radio happened to be leaving for Australia.

Pammi arranged to send Baba’s Vibhuti through him. Sushil Doshi arrived two days prior to the Test match in Brisbane and handed over the Vibhuti packet to Sunil. Sunil, who was still hobbling around with that painful leg immediately applied almost half of the Vibhuti packet on the affected area hoping for a miracle.”

For what happened next, let Sunil Gavaskar himself relate (From an article Sunil had written for the November 2000 issue of Sanathana Sarathi – the Ashram Magazine):

“After I started applying Vibhuti, there was marked improvement and on the eve of the Test Match, I requested the team management not to rule me out but to have a fitness test on the morning of the Test Match. From barely being able to put weight on my leg, I was able to walk comfortably in just two days. But there was a stiff soreness that was worrying.

On the morning of the match, I applied Vibhuti to the leg and went to the ground. That was going to be my first attempt to try and run after a gap of eight days.

Even as I stepped on to the ground to give my fitness trial, I realised that the stiffness was almost gone. At the Queensland Cricket Ground in those days, you had to descend a few steps to the ground and it was these few steps which were painful previously, and I had to walk down gingerly. But on this day, I felt confident enough getting down these steps normally.

I took a light jog around the ground and with every stride I could feel the soreness going away. Though I did not do anything silly as a quick dash or sprint, I felt confident enough to play in the Test and so informed the management who accepted it and included me in the playing eleven. It was unbelievable.”

Incidentally, Sunil went on to score his eleventh Test century in that match!

Reference: “Blossoms in the Eternal Spring” by Mrs. Shammi Paranjape. Page: 16-17. Published by Rupa and Co., 2004.

Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar