Mumbai: Leading Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be unable to defend his Asian Games middleweight title after a hand injury ruled him out of next month's event, the Olympic medallist said on Tuesday.
Singh, whose bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics helped raise the profile of boxing in India, picked up the injury during the Commonwealth Games final in Glasgow at the start of August.
"It's very disappointing for an athlete. The hand is still not stable. So I have no option but to pull out," the 28-year-old told Reuters, confirming his withdrawal from the regional multi-sports gathering in Incheon, South Korea.