The Indian Army may have recently promoted Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar for his achievement and said he can write exams in order to get further promotions, but the shooter said he has no intention of doing so.
“No I have no intention of giving an exam. If they give me a promotion, then very good. If not, then whatever my rank, I will be auto-axed from the army in four years,” Kumar quipped on being asked whether he would give any exams for a promotion in the Indian Army.
Kumar was at his outspoken best when reporters met him at an Olympic Gold Quest press conference in Mumbai and reaffirmed his expectations from the Army in terms of promotions.
The usually soft-spoken Vijay was quick to point out that there was “nothing extraordinary” that the government had done for him and hinted that cricketers received much more for an achievement.
Kumar, who was known to be a patient and composed character, has been pretty opinionated since his Olympic triumph.
When asked about it, he said, “Nothing in particular… it’s just become a habit to talk too much in the last few days.”
Vijay Kumar’s silver came in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event and we decided to ask him some quick questions too.
Q: First thing you told yourself after winning.
A: Yes! Finally my hard work has paid off.
Q: First person you called after winning medal?
A: My father, but even his phone was busy for the more than an hour after I won.
Q: First thing you told him?
A: There was nothing to be said. He started talking without me saying anything.
Q: First thing you ate after winning medal?
A: I was hungry all day on the day of winning, so as soon as I reached the Olympics Village, I gobbled some fruits.
Q: Where did you keep the medal the first night while sleeping?
A: On the desk!