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Olympics 2012: Wrestlers will not be found wanting on the mat says Sushil

Last Updated: Sunday, August 05, 2012, 20:26
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Olympics 2012: Wrestlers will not be found wanting on the mat says SushilLondon: Beijing Olympics bronze-medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar on Sunday promised a good performance by the Indian grapplers in the London Games when they start their campaign on August 9 here

"You will not find the Indian wrestlers wanting on the mat. We are determined to give our best. But then it is sports. Nothing can be predicted for sure," said Sushil during an interaction in the Games Village after his arrival from Minsk along with four other grapplers.

Sushil, who was the flag bearer of Indian contingent in the opening ceremony, had gone back to Minsk to continue with his training along with his teammates.

Sushil, who will be competing in the 63kg section, said he had faced most of the opponents in his category earlier as well.

"There are few wrestlers with whom I have not wrestled so far. But this is Olympics. You will always have to face this uncertain fact and be prepared for it," said Sushil.

Admitting that after his medal winning performance in Beijing, people back home have a lot of expectation from not only him but other grapplers also, Sushil said: "This is a very good sign. Earlier wrestling never got so much of medium attention."

Meanwhile, team manager Raj Singh exuded confidence that all five grapplers will give their best and win couple of medals.

"There is nothing 100 per cent in life, but one makes assessment on the basis of players` past performances and present conditions. The wrestlers are in very good shape and confident to do well," he said.

Raj Singh asserted that he has fairly good knowledge of most of the wrestlers, who will be figuring in the five categories in which Indians are taking part.

"I`m not talking of the colour of the medal, I am talking of a medal and mind you it could be of any of the three."

Stating that he was in charge of the Olympics training programme of the Indian wrestlers, Raj Singh said: “I am fairly optimist of their good showing.”

"Earlier most of the countries wanted Indians in their group because we were considered very feeble opponent, but things have changed dramatically and now they want to avoid us. I am not talking big. This is the fact. The scenario has changed. Indian wrestlers are now taken very seriously and with lot of respect.

"Sushil has raised the bar and I know he understands the expectations people are having from him back home."

Speaking about the chances of other Indians, Raj Singh said, "In 60kg category, Yogeshwar Dutt is Asian champion. In his category there are more Asian wrestlers compared to others and he has fought with most of them.

"Amit Kumar (55kg) is young and very bright wrestler. He is confident and focused and can emerge as a dark horse. Narsingh Yadav, in 75kg, is capable of creating upset. He has beaten the Beijing Games medallist in the qualifying competition.

"In 55kg category, Geeta will have the distinction of being the first woman to represent the country in the Olympics. She has qualified overcoming tough challengers and those who will take her lightly, will do that at their own risk."

Raj Singh said after the draw, which is scheduled on August 9, a clearer picture will emerge and then the Indians will reassess their position.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, August 05, 2012, 19:32

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