Before leaving for the World Championship starting October 14 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Vijender said that the buzz is certainly missing. (Agencies)
The first Indian boxer to grab medals at the Olympics and the World Championship, the former middle-weight number one rued the "missed opportunities".
"It is true, the buzz is not there. When I went for the World Championship in 2009, Milan, there was so much enthusiasm. We all could feel how much we had gained at that time. It is quite apparent now that the momentum has been lost," said the 27-year-old when asked what he thought of the situation Indian boxing is in right now.
"I feel, it is a case of missed opportunities. Given the high we attained after Beijing, we should have been doing better," he added.
Indian boxing is going through one of its toughest phases with national Federation being in suspension for a year now. The International Boxing Association has, in fact, threatened to bar Indian boxers from all competitions if the IBF fails to hold a re-election latest by December first week.
Vijender chose to steer clear of that issue but did highlight the fact that a lot more could have been done to promote the sport and help it grow.
"I am not going to make any comment on the Federation, I will only say that boxing could have been a huge sport in India. I feel we didn't get as many sponsors as we should have got given the achievements of our boys. We delivered on the performance front but that was not exactly cashed in on," he explained.
Before leaving for the World Championship starting October 14 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Vijender said that the buzz is certainly missing.