During this lockdown period, Ravi Kumar Dahiya is training at Chhatrasal akhara individually under the guidance of twin Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar. In February this year, he won a gold medal at the Asian Championship after defeating Tajikistan’s Hikmatullo Vohidov on technical superiority in New Delhi.
Whenever discuss the greatest wrestler of all time, Sushil will get the number one spot.
“He is no less than a myth. It is very difficult to win one Olympic medal and he has two. He won his first Olympic medal when I was just 11. He never misses his training no matter the situation. It is an inspiration to all the young wrestlers,” Dahiya says.
The Asian champion will play his first Olympic in Tokyo next year as he ascertained India’s quota in the category of 57kg freestyle wrestling.
“He comes and trains with us in the morning and evening. Post-training, he would give me tips on how to keep improving my techniques. Leg-defence has always been a concern for Indian wrestlers. And now, with time as our ally, he is helping me improve it. He would personally demonstrate the moves to us keeping social distance,” the Asian champion told WrestlingTV.
However, Sushil guidance helped Dahiya many times include his triumphant campaign at the Asian Championship as he is the big hope for a medal in the Olympics.
”When you don the blue and orange singlet, there is always pressure to win it for the country. India has given us a lot and now is our chance to give it back. And that is my aim, to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Sushil Pahelwanji (wrestler) talks to us about handling pressure and it has been a big help for me and Deepak Punia when competing in major tournaments. Now, I am training hard for the Summer Games,” he concluded.