Ace Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia, who is country’s biggest hope for the medal at upcoming Asian Games, revealed that he has learnt from his master Yogeshwar Dutt that conquering big names is the only way to earn a big name.
The 24-year-old men’s freestyle wrestler is in amazing form, as he has recently won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and followed it up with winnings in Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia and Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul.
“Yogeshwar is my role model. He always tells me that ‘you can do it, you are the best’. He will never say that if the opponent is an Olympic champion, you can’t win. He says ‘you have trained well, you are fit, so you can beat anyone. If we beat World Champions, only then the world will acknowledge us and we will make a name’. So, he says beat the bigger guys to make it big. He always keeps morale and motivation level high,” Bajrang told media.
“Now that he has retired, he has ample time to work with me. He is sharing all his experience with me and it is helping me. He has competed in four Olympics and he played in same category in which I compete, so this is immensely beneficial for me,” added Punia who is currently training in Sonepat.
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