The spotlight is on wrestler Sushil Kumar to fetch India a medal in the London Olympics as he now remains the main hope for the country,and the 2008 Beijing Games hero says he is determined to give his best.
India’s campaign in London Games is nearing an end with only wrestling and a couple of athletics events left and Beijing Olympics bronze winner Sushil carries the country’s hopes of a gold medal.
“In my category,there are few wrestlers with whom I have not wrestled so far,” said the 29-year-old from Delhi,who is competing in the men’s 66kg freestyle category on August 12.
“But this is the Olympics. You will have to be prepared for anything. People back home have lot of expectation,not only from me,but from other wrestlers as well. This is a very good sign,” said the 2010 world champion.
With his bronze in Beijing four years ago and a rich haul of medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi,the profile of wrestling has risen and Sushil said he and his four other colleagues were ready to give their best.
“You will not find the Indian wrestlers wanting in the ring. We are determined to give our best. But then,it is sports,nothing can be predicted for sure,” said Sushil,who was the flagbearer of the Indian contingent in the opening ceremony.
Sushil was one of the three Indian heroes from the 2008 Beijing Olympics with his bronze-winning feat. He won the World Championship gold in Moscow in 2010 and a Commonwealth Games gold medal on home soil two years ago.