New Delhi, Oct 8: He has himself learnt boxing from a Dronacharya awardee and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today showed his love for the sport by turning up to watch the opening Commonwealth Games bout of Olympic bronze medallist and world number one Vijender Singh here at the Talkatora Stadium.
The Gandhi scion came with his brother-in-law Robert Vadera to witness the evening session of the pre-quarterfinals held today and stayed for more than an hour.
As Vijender walked in to the arena in front of a sell-out crowd, he acknowledged the Congress General Secretary by waving at him.
"It was very special to have Rahul ji here. Somebody of his stature coming to support boxing is a big thing for us. I am glad to have won in front of him," said the World Championship bronze-medallist.
During the bout, one of Vijender's powerful straight blows downed his Kenyan rival Dick Ombaka and the Haryana-lad once again turned and waved to the stands where Gandhi was sitting.
Gandhi clapped occassionally to appreciate a good punch.
The Congress General Secretary has learnt boxing from none other than former national coach O P Bhardwaj, who was also present at the stadium.
Apart from Gandhi, Olympic silver-medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore, Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper, Organising Committee Secretary General lalit Bhanot and International Boxing Association President Ching-Kuo Wu were among the high-profile spectators who turned up at the packed Talkatora today. PTI