He is called ‘The God of Indian wrestling’ for a reason. The dual Olympic medallist, Sushil Kumar said that he is confident of a spectacular performance at the 2018 Asian Games, which will begin on 18th August in Indonesia. Sushil stood at the podium of CWG for third time in eight years, grabbing a gold medal at the Goldcoast Common wealth games 2018. The three time gold winner for India, is full of exhilaration and confidence, even though he has only won a bronze medal at the coveted Asiads.
Fan’s blessings , need of the hour – Sushil Kumar
“I need blessings of the entire nation to repeat the feat of the Commonwealth Games in the Asian Games. It is not possible to win without the support and prayers of the entire country. I want to stay fit and do well,” Kumar told news agency ANI.
The Indian wrestling contingent had a dream run at the recently concluded Gold Coast Games where all the 12 wrestlers returned home with a medal. Though it is a known fact that the Asian Games are more competitive when compared to CWG, yet hopes are once more high from our “Pehalwans”.
He also added that with the support of the local governments and authorities, players are able to prepare well for international tours and that the young Indian contingent is capable of performing well overseas.
“Every country prepares for different games in a different manner. And I believe that we will do well as a unit in the Asian Games. The aim of the younger generation – be it the Asian Games, the Olympics, or the Commonwealth Games is to win a medal for the country and that in itself is commendable,” Kumar added.
Having said that, he maintained that at the end of the day both winning and losing is part and parcel of the game.
“Everybody gives a close fight and gives their best. Ultimately it is a sport and anything can happen in sports,” he said.
Training like a monk in Georgia – Sushil Kumar
He says, he has been making specialized trips to Georgia to train with the best people in the domain. He is again in Georgia for a 10 day camp , after which he will be heading straight to Jakarta, to fulfill the expectations of 1.2 billion people.
About the training he said,
“The federation had recommended that I go train there. There, we do only weight training on certain days, on other days we only spar with other wrestlers as part of a competition and on other days we fine-tune our technique. ”
“The training by itself is not that different from what we get back home. But the sparring partners we get in Georgia are really good. Wrestlers come there from countries like Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey. our sparring sessions there are like competitions.”, he added
The wrestler has always shown a grit and he shows that in his own style by saying,
“Jabardast tapasya main laga hua hoon. Aap andaza bhi nahi laga sakte ke kis tarah se har roj mehnat kar raha hoon (I’ve been training like a monk in deep meditation. You can’t even imagine how hard I have been trying).” – Sushil Kumar
He has conquered the world of wrestling before, but he is not the one to take any competition lightly. When asked about the biggest threat according to him at the Asian Games. He says humbly, that at this level of competition it is difficult to say who is good and who is bad. Everyone who has reached this level has done something right at the same time has made their mistakes. You can only understand, how strong is a person on a particular day, only when you fight him. Again in his own style he said,
“Jyaada load nahin daalna hai (I don’t fret too much about it. Neither do I take too much pressure.)” – Sushil Kumar
Participating in 2018 after a long gap
Commenting over his international participation after a long gap, he said
“It’s really difficult, especially in a sport like wrestling. Things change so much so quickly here — you can lose stamina or your technique can get rusty if you don’t keep training every day. And with that, if you pick up an injury, then it’s becomes an uphill task. Along with physical power, you need to keep your mind sharp — you need to know when to attack or defend. Thankfully, I’m a very positive wrestler. Each day I wake up with a set target for the day and I make sure I achieve it”
Sushil kumar returned to the ring after 4 long year in 2018. And boy! what a return was it, with a bang and a gold medal for his country. The Pehalwan has no idea, when he will stop. Who knows we still might see him winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The 2018 Asian Games is scheduled to be held from 18 August to 2 September and will see participation from all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia. India is sending a 524 member contingent to participate in the big games.
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