India’s star boxer Vijender Singh, who failed to win a medal at the London Olympics after being billed as a major podium hope in the run-up to the Games, has set his sights on the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro before considering joining the professional ranks.

“I am not looking at turning professional right now. Let me play one more Olympics (in 2016 at Rio in Brazil). Then I will look at it,” Vijender said here on Saturday.

Vijender had provided the country with its first-ever Olympic medal by securing a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games, but returned empty-handed from London.

Countering the criticism in some quarters that he was busy endorsing brands than focusing on boxing after crashing out in the quarterfinals of the London Games, Vijender said: “People just talk. If I had won the quarterfinal then people would have been running around me. It is a part of sport.”

Vijender currently takes part in the 75kg category and has plans to move to a higher weight category, 81kg, but said this shift would take place gradually.— PTI

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