ALL EYES ON SUSHIL FOR RIO

Wrestler Sushil Ku­mar is op­ti­mistic about win­ning a Gold for In­dia in the next Olympics

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Win­ning a Bronze medal at the Bei­jing Olympics in 2008 and then a Sil­ver at the Lon­don Olympics four years later in 2012 gave one thing to wrestler Sushil Ku­mar — hunger for more.

The quest for Gold at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro next year is the 32-year-old wrestler’s only aim. “Abhi toh bas ji, Rio pe saara dhyaan hai hu­mara aur sab sahi raha to is baar Gold hi jeet ke aayenge hum,” he says at the very out­set of our con­ver­sa­tion.

“I don’t feel there’s any pres­sure on me to prove any­thing. I have been lucky to rep­re­sent my coun­try and make ev­ery­one proud in the last two Olympics. I am work­ing very hard now, and I am hope­ful about my chances in Rio,” he adds.

Sushil who be­came a fa­ther for the first time in 2014 to twins, was re­cently pho­tographed while play­fully wrestling with his sons at the Ch­ha­trasal Sta­dium in the cap­i­tal. “Jab se woh dono meri zindagi mein aaye hain, main aur zyada fo­cussed ho gaya hun apne aim mein,” he says, and adds, “When­ever my sons are in the sta­dium, they get ex­cited to see me prac­tis­ing. They are very young right now, but I would love it if they grow up to be wrestlers. Some­one has to carry on the wrestling legacy, af­ter all (laughs).”

The Olympian does ad­mit that fam­ily has taken a back seat till the tour­na­ment. “My wife un­der­stands that I need to be fo­cussed, and she sup­ports me on that front. Olympics ke baad fam­ily ke liye time apne aap hi nikal jaega,” he says.

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