Addressing protesting farmers at Singhu border, boxer Vijender Singh said he will return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award if the central government does not withdraw the contentious farm laws.
Boxer Vijender Singh at the farmers’ protest at Singhu border in Delhi on Sunday (Photo Credits: PTI)
Boxer and Padma Shri awardee Vijender Singh joined the ongoing farmers’ agitation at Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) border on Sunday. Singh, who won silver medals at the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in the middleweight division, was accompanied by Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees.
Addressing protesting farmers at Singhu border, boxer Vijender Singh said he will return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award if the central government does not withdraw the contentious farm laws. “If the government doesn’t withdraw the black laws, I’ll return my Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – the highest sporting honour of the nation,” Vijender Singh said.
“I had received training in Punjab and had their ‘roti’. Today when they are here in the cold, I have come as their brother. Other athletes from Haryana wanted to come but they have government jobs and would have been in trouble. They say they are with the farmers,” news agency ANI quoted Vijender Singh as saying.
Earlier this week, over 30 former Olympic and continental medal winners decided to extend support to the ongoing farmers’ agitation. This support is being rallied by former Indian basketball player and Arjuna award winner Sajjan Singh Cheema.
Among others, noted novelist Dr Jaswinder Singh also returned his Bhartiya Sahitya Akademi Award in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
With talks between farmer leaders and the central government failing to reach a conclusion, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Samiti has issued a call for Bharat Bandh on December 8, accompanied by demonstrations on December 7 and December 9.