December 9, 2022

Greater than a 12 months in the past, in March, India’s wrestling virtuoso Bajrang Punia determined to give up social media to coach and prep himself for the Tokyo Olympics. Nonetheless, he’s again and lively on social media and appears all set to grapple on the mat in Japan.

The Jhajjar-born ace wrestler just lately tweeted an image of himself standing in entrance of India’s flag, fluttering within the air, on the Olympic village. The background is occupied by a number of flags of various nations which have participated within the video games. Within the caption, he wrote, “Hey from Tokyo!” with #Tokyo2020 and #TeamIndia.

The Padma Shri and Arjuna Awardee was in Russia, coaching for the Tokyo Olympics, far-off from his residence and household. Bajrang wished to observe in opposition to the well-experienced and champion wrestlers of Russia. He was accompanied by Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia, who can be competing within the males’s 57 kg and 86 kg, respectively.

Bajrang, together with the opposite two wrestlers, flew from Russia on a flight to Tokyo on July 29. On the identical day, he took to Twitter to publish an image of himself on the airport earlier than boarding the flight, with the caption, “To Tokyo to assert what’s ours. Jai Hind.”

Bajrang is without doubt one of the beneficial contenders shouldering the hopes of your complete nation so as to add one other medal to the medal tally. The 2-time Commonwealth Championship and Asian Championship gold medalist is about to compete within the males’s 65 kg freestyle class. He’s seeded second, behind Russia’s Gadzhimurad Rashidov and earlier than Kazakh’s Daulet Niyazbekov.

The Indian grappler additionally went by a knee harm and was suggested to avoid the mat for a fortnight. Nonetheless, he recovered and has come again stronger than ever. Bajrang is being coached by Shako Bentinidis, who’s hopeful about Bajrang’s kind and stated that he has improved quite a bit from final 12 months.

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