Vijender yet to crack new system

The Haryana-boxer, who became the first Indian to clinch an Olympic medal with his bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, is currently busy preparing for the World Championships next month in Azerbaijan which would be the first qualifying event for the London Olympics next year.

Apart from analysing the competition that awaits him and the strategy for doing well at the event, Vijender is also trying to figure out the new scoring system under which, the boxers are shown their points tally at the end of every round instead of live updates that used to be the norm earlier.

“I don’t understand this new system of scoring. I like the previous one. This system leaves one confused because a boxer might think that he is ahead only to find out later that he is actually down. You never know where you are and that affects strategy,” Vijender said in an interview.

“I don’t think this is the way to build up excitement (as has been stated by the International Boxing Association) because I believe, even by showing live scores, the excitement remains the same. I think the previous system of scoring was better,” he said.

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