Name: Vijender Singh Beniwal
DOB: 29 October 1985
Birth Place: Kaluwas, Bhiwani Distt, Haryana
Occupation: Boxer (Middleweight) , Policeman
Spouse: Archana Singh
Height: 182 cm
Awards by Government of India: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratan Award, Arjun Award, Padam Shri.
|Competitor for India|
|World Amateur Boxing Championships|
* Singh’s interest in boxing was inspired by his brother, who took up the sport in 1996 and was able to gain a place in the Indian Army in 1998 on the strength of his boxing ability.
* Coming from a poor family, it was one of the main avenues to get a job.Supported by his parents, who did not insist that he prioritise his education after they realised his sporting talent, what began for Singh as a pastime became his career.
Thanks to the media, people have started taking boxing seriously over the past two years. Everyone knows my name now because my achievements have been highlighted. Lekin boxing ka toh kuch promotion hi nahin hota India mein. (But boxing is still not promoted in India!) We don’t have boxing academies, we don’t even have proper boxing rings. I have lost count of the times I have approached the government and the sporting authorities for support, but nothing has happened. […] In this country, everyone is hung up on cricket. Forget about boxing, India is doing so well in other sports too. Saina Nehwal is a great badminton player, the Indian tennis team has just won a Davis Cup tie, lekin hamare liye support kahan hai? (but where is the support for all of us?)
* Vijender has qualified to represent India at the London 2012 Olympic Games.