New Delhi: The Asian Olympic Qualifiers are his last chance to book a ticket to the London Games but star Indian boxer Vijender Singh claims he is least bit intimidated by the challenge at hand as the situation is all too familiar.
"I have always been under pressure ever since I won the bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics. It is nothing new for me. It's there before I leave for any tournament," the World Championship bronze-medallist said on the eve of the Indian team's departure for the Qualifiers starting April 4 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
"There was pressure when I didn't get gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. I went on to get a gold medal in the Asian Games but that hasn't lessened the pressure. All I can say is that I have become mentally better prepared to deal with it since Beijing," the 26-year-old middleweight boxer told reporters.