Veteran Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat has expressed want to make a comeback and characterize the nation on the Tokyo Olympics slated to be held subsequent yr. In March, for the primary time within the historical past of the mega world occasion, the Olympics have been postponed by a yr because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 31-year-old wrestler stated the postponement of the showpiece got here as a blessing in disguise for her as she now has extra time to organize for the Tokyo Games.
“Since the Olympics has been postponed, I’m hoping to compete in it. This one year will give me sufficient time to prepare for the trials and the qualification events,” stated Geeta throughout paddler Mudit Dani’s on-line chat present ”In The Sportlight”.
“I have gained some weight during pregnancy, so my priority would be to get fit. And after that, whatever qualifying tournament is there, I will participate and try to book a place for the Olympics,” she added.
The World Championships bronze medallist Geeta married fellow Indian wrestler Pawan Kumar Saroha in 2016 and the couple was blessed with a child boy Arjun in December final yr.
Geeta, who grew to become the primary Indian lady wrestler to win gold at Commonwealth Games in 2010 stated it was tough to work out initially after being pregnant however she’s getting the momentum progressively.
“I started fitness training sometime back but the doctor advised me to wait as I have to feed my kid. We wrestlers are not used to doing light workouts. But since the last couple of months, I have started getting into the groove. Training is difficult without an opponent so I’m doing whatever exercises are possible at home,” the wrestler stated.
Away from mat since being pregnant, the 31-year-old Geeta is conscious that she has to work laborious for the comeback attributable to wholesome competitors within the Indian camp. However, she’s pleased with the progress Indian wrestling has made in the previous few years.
“Lot of things have changed performance-wise for India in the last four to five years. Four of our wrestlers including Vinesh (Phogat) have qualified for the upcoming World Championships. This indicates how our wrestlers are prepared for the Olympics,” stated Geeta, who was the primary lady wrestler to qualify for the Olympics in 2012 held in London.
“Winning medals at the World Championship is very challenging and if we can repeat the feat as we did in 2019 then we will be strong contenders for the medal at Olympics”, she added.
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