Bhiwani (Haryana), Oct.31 : In a gesture to support social cause, the Olympic medallist Vijender launched two social campaigns-- 'Tree Plantation' and 'Save Girl Child' here on Thursday on the occasion of his birthday.
Vijender who celebrated his 22nd birthday, visited the local temple of Goddess Durga and offered prayers. His coach Jagdish and the President of Boxing Club of Bhiwani, Kamal Singh accompanied him.
Vijender prayed to Goddess Durga for more laurels to India in the boxing ring. After prayers, Vijender planted a tree and inspired others to follow suit. He also urged the people to stop female foeticide and participate in 'Save the Girl Child' campaign.
I felt really good. I got a lot of respect from people here. I have come for blessings of the Goddess. I hope the Goddess blesses me to perform well," said Vijender, ace boxer of India and Olympic medallist.
Temple management, however, greeted the Olympic hero by presenting him a crown since he was visiting the temple first time after bagging the coveted Olympic bronze medal in Beijing.
"I have planted a tree on my birthday. I felt really good. Everyone must plant a tree. We all must also start a mission against female foeticide as well. Planting a tree will make the environment green and reduce global warming," said Vijendra.
Villagers were delighted to see Vijender celebrating his birthday here.
Incidentally, this was after many years that Vijender celebrated both Deepavali and his birthday in his ancestral home in Bhiwani since he had been training at home and abroad. by Kamaljeet Virk
Story first published: Friday, October 31, 2008, 15:54 [IST]
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