The postponement of Tokyo Olympics has given Sakshi Malik a hope to dream yet another time for mega sporting spectacle.
She was thrashed by 18-year-old Sonam Malik in trials, the second time, for Asian Olympic qualifiers.
However, with COVID-19 enjoying a significant spoil sport, as all of the occasions have be cancelled or postponed for indefinite time worldwide, Sakshi could once more get an opportunity to combat Sonam for qualifiers subsequent yr.
The reigning world cadet champion Sonam, who trains on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Sports Institute at Madina, Sonipat underneath coach Ajmer Malik, is, in the meantime, least bothered concerning the bout if once more given.
“My focus is to qualify for Olympics and nothing other than that is on my mind. It feels great to beat an Olympic medalist twice. I don’t think too much about what comes next, I focus on my aim. Tokyo Olympic is my dream and I want to win medal there for my nation,” Sonan informed Mail Today earlier than resuming her coaching. “I will do whatever WFI suggest (trial or no trial).”
“Right now I am training hard to make best use of the given time. Olympic is next year and I want to be fully prepare for the tournaments before that,” she stated.
Sonam was launched to wrestling by her father when she was simply 10-year-old. “My father was a wrestler himself. I got inspiration from him. But my idol in wrestling is Sushil pehelwanji (Sushil Kumar),” she stated.
Mail Today then spoke to her coach Ajmer. The former Subedar with the Indian Army, Ajmer runs two academies tennis and wrestling in Madina. “I have two academies one is Desi and one is English,” laughed Ajmer. Asked about Sonam’s possibilities of qualifying, the coach stated she is a Olympic gold materials.
“I am sure she is going to win gold in Olympics. I know how people slammed her performance in Asian Championship this year. But everybody needs to understand that it was her first senior tournament. She has learnt her lesson. We are working on her weaknesses and she is all set to surprise her opponents,” he stated.
Asked about his view on trials Sonam will once more have to present earlier than the qualifiers, Ajmer stated, “I don’t think there is any need but if thefederation will ask her, she is ready.”
When contacted, a WFI official stated for the qualifiers earlier than Olympics, there shall be contemporary trials.
“The gap is big so it is most likely that trials will take place. Wrestling is strength game and we have to keep on checking our wrestlers for better results.
“I personally feel that Sonam has a good chance against Sakshi. Like Sakshi made her name in 2016, Sonam will follow the same. Sonam is our future star,” he stated.