Vijender Singh’s Olympic dreams over, wants Vikas Krishan to win gold

first_imgStar boxer Vijender Singh’s hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics were shattered when fellow Indian pugilist Vikas Krishan entered the semi-finals of the the AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan to book a Rio berth. Vikas out-punched Korea’s Lee Dongyun 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the 75 kg category on Thursday.Vijender, who was eyeing a qualification to Rio ever since the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allowed professional boxers to compete in the quadrennial showpiece, however wished the fellow boxers good luck for the showpiece event starting August 4.”I wish Vikas all the best and I hope he gets a gold medal in Rio. My best wishes are also with Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) who have also qualified for the Games,” Vijender told PTI from Manchester.”I would have loved to have a shot at Olympic qualification but as things stand now, I will continue fighting in the pro arena. I am very happy for the boys who have qualified as they have done it against all odds,” added India’s first Olympic medallist, who fetched a bronze in the 2008 edition of the Games.Vijender, who also happens to be the country’s first World Championships medallist, had expressed a desire to give Olympic qualification a shot when AIBA flung the doors open for pro boxers after an extraordinary congress earlier this month.Vijender will next be seen in action on 16 July when he competes for the WBO Asia title belt against Australian Kerry Hope in the national capital.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFollowing the success of the first Bensley Collection property, Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Angkor, an enclave of 10 luxurious Khmer-inspired pool villas which opened in Siem Reap in December 2017, Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will open on 21 December 2018.Nestled deep within Cambodia’s South Cardamom National Park Wilderness in a pristine wildlife corridor three hours’ drive south of Phnom Penh, Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will offer a radical new concept for a luxury tented camp experience.Guests will arrive at the gate lounge by road or helicopter from where they can enjoy a unique adrenaline-filled entry to the resort via a 380-metre zip line over river and waterfalls, arriving ‘Indiana Jones style’ in the Landing Zone Bar. They will be met by General Manager Sangjay Choegyal and the renowned Bensley Butlers who will be on hand to receive them with a warm welcome and cooling refreshments. For those not wanting to zip line jeep transfers are available.Bensley, who was inducted into Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle hall of fame in New York in 2017, has set out to create his most ambitious and extravagant luxury tented camp project to date. 15 customised luxury tents perched over 1.5 kilometres of river and waterfalls will provide a view and experience unlike those of any other resort in Asia.The 14 one-bedroom tents (100-square-metres) and one two-bedroom tent (140-square-metres) have been meticulously designed to invoke the grandeur of what it would have been like to be on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’ who travelled throughout the Kingdom with King Sihanouk in 1967.Unique dining incorporating locally foraged foods from the forestBensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will offer a unique dining experience. With no official menu, culinary offerings under the direction of the camp’s Executive Chef will include wild edible plants sustainably foraged every day from the forest to accompany the highest quality meat and seafood available.Guests are welcome to join Chef on his foraging expeditions and learn from his extensive experience which includes five years in Cambodia. Fresh, flavourful condiments will be made in-house rather than being pre-purchased and the camp will have a permaculture farm and will support local farmers and fishermen. The area has a rich source of large succulent mud crabs which are a local delicacy. All ingredients will be fresh, organic and sustainably sourced from the surrounding forests or imported when necessary.AdventureBensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will offer a range of creative luxury adventures. To the southeast of this private sanctuary, guests will be able to spend a day exploring the untrammelled waterways of South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard a custom Bensley-designed fully-equipped expedition boat with kayaks. To the north, guests will have the chance to accompany anti-poaching rangers and researchers as they check camera points and study the wild forests and their inhabitants: a unique opportunity to explore these untamed lands with the people that know them best, taking only photographs and leaving only footprints.An important part of the camp’s ethos is having a team of rangers conducting anti-poaching patrols in order to generate a safe haven for birds and animals. A team of full-time naturalists have been living at the resort during construction for the past year studying the flora and fauna. They have also developed a range of hikes for guests to explore the area.While not adventuring and exploring this incredibly diverse region, guests can relax and enjoy their luxurious tents and camp facilities including the Waterfall Restaurant, Landing Zone Bar and Boulders Spa featuring chemical-free products by Bensley’s Khmer Tonics.Sustainability and environmentThe South Cardamom National Park is Cambodia’s newest and largest National Park covering a massive 866,930 hectares and is one of the last great wilderness areas of South East Asia. A wild coast of pristine estuaries gives way to a majestic mountain range covered in tropical rainforest. Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild is nestled in a 350-hectare valley between the Phnom Bokor and Kirirom National Parks.Shinta Mani Foundation will be spearheading the conservation and community outreach programs, including the provision of long-term employment opportunities for local inhabitants where there is minimal infrastructure and fewer work opportunities.Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild, in conjunction with the Foundation, will nurture its natural environment through partnerships with respected conservation organisations including Wildlife Alliance, The Royal University of Phnom Penh and The Cambodian Government.RatesRates at Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will start from US$1,900 per night, inclusive of all food and beverages, activities, spa treatments and land transfers from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville airports. Helicopter transfers are additional. Rates are subject to applicable service charge and government taxes. A minimum three-night stay is required and a minimum age of 13 years.For more information, go to http://www.shintamani.com/wild.phpGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more