Third time lucky for boxer Jai Bhagwan

first_imgThe agony of missing out on two Olympics can disappoint almost anyone, but that is not the case with Jai Bhagwan who missed the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games but succeeded to get the ticket to London.After a training session at the NIS here, the 60kg-category boxer said that missing out on the Olympics was the toughest phase in his life, but he told himself to work hard and stay patient.”I was a promising boxer before the 2004 Athens Olympics. I was 18 but had already won gold at the SAFF Games. However, when it came to the Olympics, our senior Ramanand was given the chance and I had to sit out.”But the worst time came in 2008. I was selected for the world championships but could not qualify for the Beijing Olympics. The world championship was a tough competition and only AL Lakra could qualify through that. But my hand got injured before the second qualifier and again I had no option but to sit out,” Jai said.His long wait ended at the world championships last year when he reached the quarter-finals and qualified for the London Olympics. Jai said he knows the significance of his achievement and wants to savour it as much as possible.”When I qualified for the London Olympics, it was as if something I was searching for a long time had been found, and I am loving this feeling. It’s fantastic to prepare for my first Olympics,” he said.Jai said that his roommate at NIS and Olympics medallist Vijender Kumar has been a great inspiration for him. “The most inspiring thing about Vijender is the way he controls his nerves. He is very composed and is a kind of person who doesn’t reveal his feelings. I learnt from him to stay calm and composed. It was that quality which has brought me to this level,” Jai said.advertisementBut he doesn’t want to get complacent and said his dream will not be fully realised till he makes an impression in London.”I can’t be complacent. So many players go to the Olympics but only those stay in the memory of people who win medals or at least try their level best. I also want to leave a long-lasting impression on the minds on Indians by winning a medal,” Jai, who got engaged in February to a doctor, said. By Shaghil Bilali in Patiala The 60 kg boxer missed.last_img