Four years back, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan’s Olympic run saw an early termination in the quarter finals, ending the Asian Games and Commonweath Games gold medallist’s dream of tasting the ultimate glory in Rio. Move forward to present, the two time Olympian is aiming to settle for nothing less than a gold in Tokyo next year.
Vikas Krishan, the 59 kg welterweight pugilist from Haryana secured his third Olympic berth with clinching a silver at the Asian Boxing Olympic Qualifiers in Jordan back in March. His 2016 Rio berth also came with a bronze medal at the qualifiers in Baku, but Krishan cited lack of prep time as the reason behind his early exit from the Olympics, when he lost in the Men’s middleweight quarter finals against Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan.
“Last time, I qualified for the Olympics late and I did not have much time to prepare. This time I have one more year to win a gold in the Olympics,” Krishan said in the Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS)’s second anniversary webinar.
However, with the Tokyo Olympics Games having pushed back to next year, the pugilist has a whole year more to get himself prepared for the main event. Surprisingly, the postponement hasn’t impacted Krishan.
“When the Olympic postponement was announced, I was not affected that much,” the 28 year old continued, “I just thought it was a part of life and it happens. I take things very positively in my life.”
Vikas Krishan has his eye set on an Olympic gold
“My only goal is to get gold in Tokyo and I have not thought of anything after that. I will be in full-time professional boxing and I want to bring laurels for India,” a confident Krishan said.
In 2010, Krishan won gold medals at both the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the Asian Games, in welterweight and lightweight categories respectively. His third international gold came at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where Krishan defeated Wilfried Ntsengue of Cameroon in the Men’s middleweight event final.
Krishan is the second Indian male boxer who has earned three Olympic berths after the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh.
“Some years back, some Indian boxers had the mindset that we should not lose in the first round or the second round. Or we should not face Russia in the first round. But my current mindset is whoever comes in front of me, I will beat him. That is already fixed in my subconscious mind,” said Krishan.
One at a time: Vikas Krishan talks about his pre-Olympics plan of action
Getting through the qualifiers was the primary target for Krishan in his Olympics plan.
“My first target of qualifying for the Olympics is fulfilled. Now I am four months into training for professional bouts which will be in September or October,” the pugilist, who is currently training at the IIS continued, “I will come back in January or February to prepare for the Olympics.”
“I am training with the best coaches in the world. After my pro bouts, the coaches will find out my mistakes and work on them for the Olympics,” Krishan added.