The Indian National Congress fielded boxer Vijender Singh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Singh, who was the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal in 2008, filed his nomination from the South Delhi constituency.
The reigning WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion will be competing against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri and Aam Aadmi Party's Raghav Chadha.
The 33-year-old boxer-turned-politician said that he'll continue being associated with sports despite his new role.
"I am not quitting boxing. I am contesting the elections in the seat as people were in need. Boxing will continue, a lot of time is still left. The country needs change, and change would be brought about by youths, like me and you. I have come (into politics) for that," said Singh to a media outlet.
The Lok Sabha elections will see the two prominent sportspersons contesting from Delhi. Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir is BJP's candidate for East Delhi while Singh will be representing Congress in South Delhi. The elections in the Capital will be held on May 12 for seven parliamentary seats.
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