I knew I had to put in my best: Narsingh

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav knew the importance of the world qualification event at Helsinki.

Written by Wajiha Shah | Lucknow | Published: May 8, 2012 10:49:00 pm

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav knew the importance of the world qualification event at Helsinki. He had been preparing hard for it and he kept telling himself that it was his last chance to qualify for the London Olympics and he attained it at the event in the Finnish capital on Friday. Talking to The Indian Express after reaching India on Monday after attaining this goal,Narsingh said,“Though due to the efforts I had put in,I was confident about qualifying for the Olympics but I knew I had to give my best at the event as this was my last chance. I found the draw to be quite suitable as well.”

The 23-year-old wrestler said that he will go all out to win a medal for India at the Olympics. “ I have won golds in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and in the 2010 Asian Wrestling Championships defeating some good wrestlers and my performances in these competitions instilled in me the feeling that I too can reach the Olympics and win a medal. I am hopeful that the wrestlers will do well at the Olympics and there will be around two or three medals for India in wrestling.” The 74kg freestyle wrestler felt that the sacrifices made by his parents are finally bearing fruits in the form of medals for the country.

Narsingh and his elder brother Vinod stayed with their father Pancham Yadav who earned a living for the family in Mumbai by distributing milk while their mother Bhulna Devi,47,stayed at home at Neema village in Varanasi looking after the farming in their 2 bighas of land. Narsingh was just five when he went to Mumbai. Her mother let him go there so that he could get better education there and become a good wrestler under the guidance of his father who also has been a wrestler in his youth and had played at the village level. Narsingh’s sisters Indu and Bindu are also vey proud of their brother.

Narsingh has been staying in Maharashtra since he was a child and used to visit Varanasi only during holidays. He learnt the basics of wrestling under Bharat pehelwan and after that got admitted in the Sports Authority of India hostel at Mumbai. He is employed with the Railways. “With the amounts received as prize money and through my salary and Vinod’s,a six room small-bungalow sort of a house has been constructed on our land in Varanasi village,” he said.

Vinod,who has been a national level wrestler,said,“Narsingh is employed with the Railways as a Head TC. Now with his achievements,I just hope that he gets promotion or some good job offers by the government.”

SAI coach Jagmal Singh who has been looking after Narsingh’s coaching in Mumbai said,“ If Narsingh gets a favourable pool,chances are bright that he may win a medal at the Olympics. He has defeated world-class wrestlers from Germany,Turkey and Greece in the 74kg freestyle wrestling at Helsinki. I equate his talent with that of Sushil Kumar.” He said the reason behind Narsingh’s success is his dedication towards the sport. “I have been supervising his coaching for the past many years. He practises religiously for six hours a day. I don’t remember when Narsingh had even gone to see a movie. His devotion towards wrestling is exemplary,” he explains.

Boxing trials

The district/ regional level sub-junior girls boxing trials will be organised from 10 AM on May 9 at KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium,Lucknow. Those interested may contact Regional Sports Office,Lucknow for details.

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