President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17 July congratulated Vijender Singh on clinching the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, saying that the star boxer has made the country proud with his feat.
Vijender scored a dominating win over Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope in a 10-round bout on Saturday night.
"Hearty congratulations @boxervijender, you have made whole nation proud with victory in WBO Asia Pacific championship," President Mukherjee wrote on his official twitter handle.
PM Modi lauded Vijender for his immense skill, strength and stamina as the Indian boxer dismantled his opponent to win the Asia Pacific title.
Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2016
"Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina," Modi wrote on his personal Twitter handle.
Indian cricket's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, star boxer Mary Kom, former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman, and Haryana and Delhi Chief Ministers Manohar Lal Khattar and Arvind Kejriwal were among those who congratulated Vijender on his achievement.
Saw a full mch of boxing after yrs.thks @boxervijender for mkg INDIA proud,it's just the start ur hrd wrk,dedication and sacrifice paid off— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) July 16, 2016
"Saw a full mch of boxing after yrs. thks @boxervijender for mkg INDIA proud, it's just the start ur hrd wrk, dedication and sacrifice paid off," Dhoni tweeted.
Congratulation @boxervijender— Mary Kom (@MangteC) July 16, 2016
"Congratulation@boxervijender," tweeted Olympics bronze medallist Mary Kom, who also watched the bout last night.
"Congratulations to the talented @boxervijender for winning the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. #Haryana is proud of you!," Haryana CM Khattar tweeted.
"Congrats @boxervijender," wrote Delhi CM Kejriwal.
Sehwag, who himself was present at the Thyagaraj Stadium last night, was effusive in his praise of Vijender.
"Many congratulations #VijenderSingh, Thok Daala Tau! Australia ka Hope fuss in front of our Tope @boxervijender," he tweeted.
He tweeted earlier, "Mukkon ki dhardhar Barsaat happening by our #RingKaKing @boxervijender."
Laxman, said, "Congratulations @boxervijender ??You deserve every bit of the WBO title??Great sporting news for India."
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, who also watched the bout last night, tweeted, "Great Spirit. @boxervijender once again made India proud. Congrats for winning the WBO Asia Pacific Championship."