Out-of-form Sushil to wrestle in every tourney till Olympics

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 14:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Not in the best of form of late, Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar wants to participate in each and every tournament leading upto next year`s London Games to regain his mojo back.

Making his comeback in the international arena after missing last year`s Guangzhou Asian Games due to a shoulder injury, defending champion Sushil failed to recreate the magic and crashed out in the second round of the World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul earlier this year.

And the ace Indian grappler, who is yet to qualify for the London Olympics, wants to utilise every tournament from here on to maximise his chances.

"I will participate in all the championships whether big or small leading up to the Olympics, as more you play more experience you gain," the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze-medallist wrestler told reporters.

Sushil, who is currently going through the rigours at a preparatory camp in Sonepat, has remained conspicuous by his absence in the mat this year, featuring only in the World Championships in September.

The 66kg freestyle wrestler, however, is confident of making amends for the lost time and said he is completely fit ahead of the packed schedule.

"I am shaping up well, my physical fitness and endurance is good and I am now concentrating on the technical aspects of the game," said Sushil, who is scheduled to fly to London next week to participate in the London Olympic Wrestling Invitational Tournament, a test event ahead of next year`s extravaganza.

The Olympian added that he was not disheartened by the loss in the World Championships.

PTI