Ace boxer Vikas Krishan has received the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) nod to train in the United States of America ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic-bound pugilist also plans to resume his career there in the professional circuit.
Vikas got the approval for his training in the US till November 30 and SAI also sanctioned INR 17.5 lac for the stint. Vikas, a current Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist competes in the 69kg category for the nation.
In an official statement to PTI, the Sports Authority of India confirmed this news.
“Tokyo Olympics quota winner and boxer Vikas Krishan’s plea to train in the United States as part of his preparations for the Olympics has been approved by the Sports Authority of India. Vikas, who is a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), has been approved financial assistance of Rs 17.5 lakh as well during his visit,” read the SAI’s statement.
Recommendation from Santiago Nieva
The foreign exposure for the Haryana boxer was recommended by the Indian Boxing High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva.
“It will be a great experience for Vikas. He’s been in the national team for so many years. It is the right time for him to go and try a little bit different,” Nieva said.
He continued: “After his comeback, we will focus on the camps and various tournaments. He will be given proper Olympic-style boxing training ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.”
The upcoming Olympic appearance in Tokyo next year will be the third one for the 28-year old pugilist. Vikas is the most experienced among the five men who have made it to the tournament.