Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh has pulled out of the 35th National Games starting tomorrow after failing to recover from a nagging nose injury.
"I have not been able to recover from the nose injury which had forced me out of the Asian Games November last. It flared up again while I was training some days back," Vijender told PTI.
The former Olympic bronze-medallist middleweight boxer, however, assured that the injury was not career-threatening.
"It is not a major injury but I have to be careful. I cannot risk competing while carrying this problem, that's why I have decided to pull out of the Games. I will have to wait some more to make a comeback," he said.
The 29-year-old was last seen in action at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year where he won a silver medal. Vijender's pullout adds to the list of star athletes, who have decided to give the Games a miss owing to varied reason.
"I wanted to participate in the Games and was preparing for the event but this injury has forced me to make a last-minute pullout," Vijender said. The boxing competition of the Games will be staged in Thrissur.