Vijender awaits incentives for medals won over a year ago

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 18:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Olympic bronze medallist and
Asian Games gold medallist boxer Vijender Singh is a hassled
man these days.

He is yet to get the prize money announced by the Haryana
government for the bronze medals won at the World Championship
and Asian Championships in 2009 and is tired of running around
for it.

"It has been more than a year since the prize money was
announced. Both these events were held in 2009 and I have not
got the money for my medals till today. It is hasslesome and
irritating to run from pillar to post for what is rightfully
mine," Vijender said.

The 25-year-old boxer blames the delay on a lax system.
"It is annoying. For something that has been promised to
us by the government, we have to go around chasing officials,"
said Vijender.

His World Championship bronze entitles Vijender to a Rs
one lakh prize money, while the Asian Championships bronze
should fetch him Rs 50,000 according to the sports policy of
the Haryana Government.

Vijender is currently employed as a DSP with the Haryana
Police.

Haryana Sports Director O P Singh could not be reached for comment on the matter.

PTI