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Father's dream drives Yogeshwar
Saurabh Duggal, Hindustan Times
London, August 10, 2012
First Published: 23:41 IST(10/8/2012)
Last Updated: 23:44 IST(10/8/2012)

The memories of a medal slipping out of his hands at the 2008 Beijing Olympics still haunts Commonwealth Games wrestling gold medallist Yogeshwar Dutt. Failing to win a medal here would mean he won't be able to fulfill his father's dream. Into his third Olympics, the 30-year-old knows time is running out.


"I am into wrestling because of my father. He wanted me to win an Olympic medal one day and I was very close to it in Beijing. But somehow, I lost the quarterfinal in the dying seconds and it slipped out of my hand.

"The memories of missing that medal still haunt me. I want to make up for the loss and win a medal here. I have to fulfill my father's wish," he said one day before getting into the mat in the 60kg category.

Yogesghwar had lost his father six years ago on August 3, 2006 just two days before he boarded the flight to Doha for the Asian Games.

He is the eldest son and had to perform his father's last rites. He overcame that sense of loss and a knee injury to win a bronze medal.

"Just a couple of days before the Asian Games when my father died I thought the world had come to an end. It was the biggest loss of my life.

"But I went ahead and competed at the Asian Games. I had to do what my father would have loved to see me doing leaving behind the grief," said Yogeshwar.

Sachin Tendulkar had lost his father during the 1999 World Cup and had to leave the squad for a few days. He came back to score a century against Kenya and dedicated it to him. Yogeshwar has probably his last chance here at in London — a medal at the world's biggest sporting arena.


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