I have nothing to prove, says Sushil Kumar ahead of Asian Games 2018

first_imgIndia’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is all geared up for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.Sushil, will compete in the 74kg wrestling category at the Asian Games, will return to the Asian Games after a gap of 12 years. He had won a bronze medal in 2006 Doha but opted out of 2010 and 2014 Asian Games in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.Sushil’s defeat in the tune up event in Georgia raised a few eyebrows but the star wrestler dismissed it nonchalantly. Sushil lost his first bout in four years when he was defeated at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia last month.”So what. There will be defeats and victories in sportsman’s life. Real athlete is the one who stands up after defeat, prepares harder and makes a comeback. Real athlete is one who takes the mat after winning also. I am trying to do the same,” Sushil told PTI after a training session in Jakarta.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGE”I have prepared well for the Asian Games but I am not out there to prove anything. Proving yourself is not sportsmanship,” Sushil said.Unnamed Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) officials recently told the media that they were concerned about Sushil’s form and promised not to exempt anyone from trials in future. They had even put two wrestlers on standby if Sushil was to opt out at the last minute.”These things happen,” he said, preferring not to react harshly.But he added: “People love me and wish well for me. People react sometimes. Why I have done well in my life is because I am a positive person. My coach and fellow teammates, they are all good and fill me with positive thoughts.”advertisementAsian Games 2018: India’s top medal contenders in Indonesia’TAPASYA’Sushil revealed that he has never been to a movie theatre and that’s the way he has trained all his life.”I am still following that. I don’t go to cinema halls. It’s ‘tapasya’ which I have been doing for years. I have not let my focus waver. I have to do what I have to do. I don’t have time also,” he said, adding that he watches movies on TV when he finds time.India at Asian Games 2018: Full squadTalking about his disciplined life, Sushil said that he practices celibacy for at least three months before big competitions such as the Asian Games.”That’s how I have trained all these years. I fix a period for myself and then follow it.”The Indian wrestlers, of late, have expressed a desire to train with foreign coaches and Sushil himself went to Gerogia for training.Asked if they don’t find Indian coaches good enough, Sushil dismissed the charge.”No. My base was prepared in India under my Guru ji (Mahabali Satpal). I am still following him. I went there (Georgia) for exposure, to learn tactics. The moves are same everywhere, but execution style is different. We learn different things when we train with different people.”Computer helps a lot these days in making strategies. And we have to keep pace with the times. But that does not mean our coaches are not good. I have prepared well. I have learnt tactical thongs in Georgia,” he said.Asian Games: A brief historySushil said he is focussed on the Asian Games right now but also has the World Championship and a third Olympic medal in mind.”Yes, I have to do that. Just need blessings of my people back in India. After Asian Games and recovery, I will start preparations in that direction,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

first_imgIndia’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is all geared up for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.Sushil, will compete in the 74kg wrestling category at the Asian Games, will return to the Asian Games after a gap of 12 years. He had won a bronze medal in 2006 Doha but opted out of 2010 and 2014 Asian Games in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.Sushil’s defeat in the tune up event in Georgia raised a few eyebrows but the star wrestler dismissed it nonchalantly. Sushil lost his first bout in four years when he was defeated at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia last month.”So what. There will be defeats and victories in sportsman’s life. Real athlete is the one who stands up after defeat, prepares harder and makes a comeback. Real athlete is one who takes the mat after winning also. I am trying to do the same,” Sushil told PTI after a training session in Jakarta.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGE”I have prepared well for the Asian Games but I am not out there to prove anything. Proving yourself is not sportsmanship,” Sushil said.Unnamed Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) officials recently told the media that they were concerned about Sushil’s form and promised not to exempt anyone from trials in future. They had even put two wrestlers on standby if Sushil was to opt out at the last minute.”These things happen,” he said, preferring not to react harshly.But he added: “People love me and wish well for me. People react sometimes. Why I have done well in my life is because I am a positive person. My coach and fellow teammates, they are all good and fill me with positive thoughts.”advertisementAsian Games 2018: India’s top medal contenders in Indonesia’TAPASYA’Sushil revealed that he has never been to a movie theatre and that’s the way he has trained all his life.”I am still following that. I don’t go to cinema halls. It’s ‘tapasya’ which I have been doing for years. I have not let my focus waver. I have to do what I have to do. I don’t have time also,” he said, adding that he watches movies on TV when he finds time.India at Asian Games 2018: Full squadTalking about his disciplined life, Sushil said that he practices celibacy for at least three months before big competitions such as the Asian Games.”That’s how I have trained all these years. I fix a period for myself and then follow it.”The Indian wrestlers, of late, have expressed a desire to train with foreign coaches and Sushil himself went to Gerogia for training.Asked if they don’t find Indian coaches good enough, Sushil dismissed the charge.”No. My base was prepared in India under my Guru ji (Mahabali Satpal). I am still following him. I went there (Georgia) for exposure, to learn tactics. The moves are same everywhere, but execution style is different. We learn different things when we train with different people.”Computer helps a lot these days in making strategies. And we have to keep pace with the times. But that does not mean our coaches are not good. I have prepared well. I have learnt tactical thongs in Georgia,” he said.Asian Games: A brief historySushil said he is focussed on the Asian Games right now but also has the World Championship and a third Olympic medal in mind.”Yes, I have to do that. Just need blessings of my people back in India. After Asian Games and recovery, I will start preparations in that direction,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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