Vijender Singh's boxing future looks to be in jeopardy, according to experts who have monitored his career from close. In the wake of the allegations of his involvement with drugs, the pin-up boy of Indian boxing is away from the training ring for over four weeks now "and that is undesirable," feel boxing coaches.
Coaches feel Vijender's foray into Bollywood and his status as a celebrity may have made him go astray. "He is definitely a victim of bad company," said a senior boxing federation official on condition of anonymity. Also read NDTV's exclusive: Vijender's team on managing his brand amidst drug controversy.
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation has kept a safe distance from the Vijender Singh drug controversy. The national federation is immersed in its own problems after the international body rejected the IABF constitution last year and ordered re-elections. In the Asian youth championships recently in the Philippines, Indian boxers participated under the "AIBA banner." The future remains uncertain.