Boxer Vijender joins protest
Threatens to return Khel Ratna Award
New Delhi: Olympian and Boxer Vijender Singh on Sunday expressed his solidarity with the farmers protesting against legislation enacted by the Centre earlier this year and said he will return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award if the government fails to repeal the 'black laws'.
Five former sportspersons from Punjab also joined the protest at the Singhu border on Sunday. Arjuna awardees Rajbir Kaur and Gurmail Singh, who played hockey, former wrestler Kartar Singh, ex-boxer Jaipal Singh and Dhyan Chand Award winner Ajit Singh were among them. "Many former players like Sajjan Singh Cheema who could not join us because of health or other issues have given their sports awards to us," Kartar Singh, who is a Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee, was quoted as saying by a news agency on Saturday.