Wrestling has been a powerful go well with for India on the Olympics. The grapplers have introduced residence medals up to now three editions however no one has managed to win a gold medal. That, nevertheless, may change through the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, in response to Sakshi Malik, who believes that India will win at the least 4 medals within the occasion.
On the 2016 Rio Olympics, Malik clinched bronze and have become the primary Indian feminine wrestler to win an Olympic medal. Whereas assessing the star-studded, seven-member wrestling contingent for the Tokyo Video games, she sounded assured of her compatriots placing in medal-winning performances. Particularly, she pinned large hopes on world No.1 Vinesh Phogat and second-seeds Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya.
“That is our strongest contingent but. I anticipate them to win at the least 4 medals,” Malik mentioned throughout a press convention attended by choose media.
She added: “Names that may undoubtedly get us a medal are Vinesh, Bajrang and Ravi, and Anshu [Malik]. The opposite three are juniors and in the event that they do nicely, they will win us medals too. “
Phogat shall be showing in her second Olympics. Throughout her debut look in Rio, she suffered a probably career-ending harm and crashed out throughout her quarterfinals bout. However the grappler has fought laborious to earn her method again to the highest and Malik remarked that she is going to be capable of cope with the strain and go all the way in which.
“She (Vinesh Phogat) may be very robust and is the world no.1. She’s going to win a medal this 12 months and if she continues to do nicely, she shall be a contender subsequent time round as nicely. She has a whole lot of expertise. I can solely inform her all one of the best. Final time when she didn’t win the medal, she got here to me and even cried as a result of she had labored so laborious. Her time as arrived now. She’s going to win a medal for this nation for positive,” revealed Malik, who shall be a part of the Sony Sports activities stay studio present, Sports activities Extraaa, through the Olympics.
Malik did not make the reduce this time round however is decided to work on her shortcomings and make a powerful comeback. She additionally added that ups and downs and an element and parcel in an athlete’s life and that you will need to bounce again.
“There are ups and downs in each athlete’s life. They can’t work like machines. Speaking about shortcomings, no matter matches I’ve misplaced, I’ve misplaced them within the final 5-10 seconds. So, I’ll work on that and overcome this concern sooner or later,” she commented.
Whereas concluding, the 28-year-old suggested the wrestlers to not fear, come below strain, and urged them to beat there and provides their greatest.
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