He might lack the experience of competing at the highest level, but Amit Kumar, the youngest member of the Indian wrestling contingent, believes that his novelty can work in his favour at the upcoming London Olympics.
"It has not been long since I have started to contest in the senior category. I am totally new to many of my opponents. They don't have much of an advantage when it comes to strategising against me, as there are not enough videos of my bouts available. This one aspect can work in my favour in London," Amit told PTI.
The 55kg free-style grappler, who surprised one and all with his gold medal performance in the Asian Qualifying Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan in March this year, is aware that one moment of glory at the London Games will take him miles ahead.
"I never expected that I will be competing in the Olympics so early, I had set my eyes on the 2016 Games. But since I have made it to the Olympics, I don't want to let go this chance easily.
"An Olympic medal can change one's life and I know what it would mean to finish on the podium in London," said the 19-year-old lad from Haryana, who along with Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Narsingh Pancham Yadav and Geeta Phogat, is going through the rigours at a training camp in Colorado Springs, USA.
Amit conceded that lack of experience at the senior level can be a factor, but insisted that it is in no way going to be a handicap for him.