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Sushil Kumar ‘eyes’ Gold in Tokyo Olympics
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Sushil Kumar ‘eyes’ Gold in Tokyo Olympics

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New Delhi, Mar 19 : Two-times Olympics Gold Medalist Sushil Kumar, who will skip the Asia Championship this year, has his eyes set on Gold medal in Tokyo Olympics, next year.

Sushil, who won bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, did not participate in any tournament, after losing in the opening round of Asian Games last year.

However, he won gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He also won gold at the 2010 World Championship. Speculations were abuzz about his future, when he didn't participate in a trial at Sonipat for the Asian Wrestling competition, to be held in China from April 23 to 28.

However, the ace wrestler, in a special conversation on Tuesday with UNI, said that his overall focus is on the Olympics.

Reacting to these speculations, Sushil said "My training has started again and I am slowly working on all the shortcomings, which were there earlier. As soon as these drawbacks are removed, I will be back to the world of wrestling.

'My focus is on the Olympic qualifiers. I intend to enter the World Championship this year, where there is a maximum quota for the Olympics. Every wrestler keeps a close watch at the Olympic qualification tournaments and he makes a point of where he has to put his full force."

The 74-kg class wrestler said, "There is still a desire in me to win a gold in Olympics and I will win it. I have won a bronze and a silver medal and this time, I want to fulfill my desire."

Sushil was fully prepared for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but due to a conflict with Narsing Yadav, his case was stuck, which later went to the court. Finally, Narsing was caught in the doping check and was banned for four years. There was no representation of India in this 74-kg category in Rio.

Asked about his non-participation in the Asian Championships trial, Sushil said, "I am of the opinion that till I am not fully prepared, I do not get into the arena. I have sharpened my training, I am completely fit and I am not hurt."

Sushil is doing tough training in the Chhatrasal Stadium Akhara under the supervision of coach Vinod, a Georgian coach and his mentor Satpal. His next tournament can be in Italy in April. (UNI)