ALL EYES ON SUSHIL FOR RIO
Wrestler Sushil Kumar is optimistic about winning a Gold for India in the next Olympics
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.