Chandigarh : In the aftermath of the furore created by Olympic-medallist boxer Vijender Singh’s decision to turn professional, the Haryana government said it is considering making it mandatory for a sportsman, who gets government employment, to compete for at least six years.
“Making mandatory for sportsmen, who get jobs under sports quota, to play for minimum of six years is being considered in Haryana,” Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij twitted.
This assumes significance as Vijender had decided to turn professional thus ruling himself out of next year’s Rio Olympics.
The first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal — the 29-year-is tying up with UK based Queensberry Promotions through IOS Sports and Entertainment. Notably, Vijender was appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) by previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana for his outstanding record in boxing at the national and international level.