October 3, 2022

NEW DELHI: There’s a particular buzz in Sonipat’s Nahri village today. Folks of Nahri are eagerly ready to see Ravi Dahiya return with a medal round his neck from the Tokyo Olympics. The expectations are excessive after Ravi received a bronze medal on the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Tajikistan within the freestyle 57 kg class to guide an Olympic berth.
He did not cease there. The 23-year-old, then, received two gold medals on the 2020 and 2021 Asian Championships, held in New Delhi and Almaty (in Kazakhstan), respectively.
With this medal-winning spree, Ravi will hit the mat as one of many high medal contenders on the Tokyo Olympics.
“I labored actually exhausting prior to now two years. The World Championship medal gave me quite a lot of confidence and I have never appeared again since then. I’m grateful that I’ve obtained the chance to signify my nation and I cannot disappoint folks. I’ll absolutely return with a medal,” Ravi advised TimesofIndia.com in an unique interview.
“In these two years, I made quite a lot of sacrifices as effectively. My coach and my coach helped me loads. They’ve performed an enormous position. They sat with me and made a schedule and I’ve been following these. My schedule included my food plan plans, watching my medal-winning movies and wrestlers who received gold medals within the final two Olympics (my weight class). I had some shortcomings. I used to be constantly engaged on my protection. That is the realm I labored loads on,” he mentioned.


Ravi Dahiya (PTI Photograph)
“I’ve spoken with seniors and coaches about Olympic strain. They mentioned to take it one bout at a time and never take strain. Simply go and carry out. I simply wish to go and provides my finest,” the 23-year-old wrestler who will likely be showing at his maiden Olympics this time additional mentioned.
Since his bronze medal end on the World Championship in 2019, Ravi has wrestled to gold twice – on the Asian Championship. The one factor he’s now aiming for on the Tokyo Video games is gold.
“Silver and bronze should not on my thoughts. My goal is gold. I wish to change into the primary Olympic wrestling gold medallist from my nation and make folks proud,” he additional advised TimesofIndia.com..


Ravi Dahiya and Amit Dahiya (TOI Photograph)
Ravi is the third Olympian from Nahri. Mahavir Singh (1980 Moscow, 1984 Los Angeles) and Amit Dahiya (London 2012) are the opposite two.
“My village Nahri has quite a lot of hopes for me and I’m assured that I’ll make them comfortable,” he mentioned.
Indian wrestlers have received 5 medals in Olympic historical past.
KD Jadhav (bronze in 1952 Helsinki Video games), Sushil (bronze in 2008 Beijing Video games and silver in 2012 London Video games), Yogeshwar Dutt (bronze in 2012 London Video games), and Sakshi Malik (bronze in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games) are the wrestlers who’ve introduced residence the large prize – an Olympic medal in wrestling for the nation.


Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia (Twitter photograph)
Other than Ravi (57kg), Bajrang Punia (males’s 65 kg freestyle), Deepak Punia (males’s 86 kg freestyle), Vinesh Phogat (girls’s 53 kg freestyle), Anshu Malik (girls’s 57 kg freestyle), Sonam Malik (girls’s 62 kg freestyle) and Seema Bisla (girls’s 50 kg freestyle) are the opposite wrestlers who will likely be representing India in Tokyo.
“All of us are medal contenders. Take a look at Bajrang, Deepak, and Vinesh, everybody has been on a medal-winning spree and are in good contact. I’ll pray that every one needs to be injury-free. We will win a lot of medals in wrestling this time,” Ravi mentioned.
“We have now all educated very exhausting and ready ourselves effectively. I’m assured that wrestling will high the medals tally for India at Tokyo Olympics,” the wrestler signed off.

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