Sushil Kumar to train in Georgia for 10 days ahead of Asian Games 2018

first_imgStar wrestler Sushil Kumar will travel to Georgia to train for 10 days ahead of the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.This is the first time in 12 years that Sushil will be competing at the continental Games after missing out on the last two editions in Guangzhou and Incheon.Sushil will head to Georgia for a ten-day tune-up before returning to New Delhi from where he will travel to Indonesia for the Games.”I have returned to wrestling after four years at the Commonwealth Games (in Gold Coast, Australia where he won the gold in 74kg). I am in form now. I will be going to Georgia for ten days on the recommendation of the (wrestling) federation (WFI). Preparation has been going on very well,” Sushil, the London Olympic Games 66kg silver medallist, said.”I have been World and Asian champion but not in the Asian Games. Jabarbast tapasya mein laga hua hoon” (I am working very hard to achieve it),” remarked the ace grappler from Delhi who had bagged a bronze medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.Sushil will be competing in the 74kg class. Refuting reports to the contrary Sushil said his training schedule in Georgia was known to all.”My training schedule is known to everyone, including what type of training I do. One day it’s weight training and another day it’s full of fights (bouts),” said Sushil.”Sparring partners of different types are available (when he trains in Georgia). Competition is also tight as wrestlers from countries like Azerbaijan and Turkey come over and train,” he elaborated.advertisementHe conceded that returning to competitions was not an easy task in a sport like wrestling.”It’s a very difficult task in something like wrestling in which you need power and have to know the right time to attack. (But) I was very positive in these four years,” he added.He was not ready to talk about his chances or opponents in Jakarata where the Games begin on August 18.”I always think my competitor is neither big nor small, neither junior nor senior. Whoever is opposite me must always be good enough (to compete). It will not work out if we keep in mind who is a tough opponent. (But) At the back of the mind we will have an idea,” Sushil said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more