Vijender to tie the knot with Delhi girl Archana

The Olympic and World Championship bronze-medallist, who returned to the country today after winning a bronze in the Arafura Games, conceded that he will tie the knot on Tuesday in his native village Kaluwas in Bhiwani.

"I am getting married on May 17, my would-be bride's name is Archana and she is from Delhi and that's all I want to tell about her. It is a private occasion and I hope my privacy is respected," Vijender said after landing here this morning.

The 25-year-old Haryana-lad, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games last year, had earlier denied reports of the impending marriage which came out last week, saying that they were inaccurate.

"The tone of certain reports was offending. I wanted to keep it under wraps till the time I was in Australia because I didn't want unnecessary media spotlight on the family of my fiancee or my family," Vijender said.

"It's a new chapter of my life and I am obviously excited. It's a bout in which loss is victory," he chuckled.

After marriage, Vijender has a busy schedule ahead as he gets ready for the Olympic qualifiers, starting with the World Championships in September.

The strapping six-footer jumped a division to light heavyweight 81kg category in the Arafura Games and would be back in the middleweight 75kg division for the coming events.

"It was just an experiment and I am satisfied with how I performed. I am world number one in middle weight. I will be competing in middleweight in the coming events, including the Asian Championships next month," he said.

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