Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has extended his best wishes to ace wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who will represent India in the men’s 65kg freestyle bout on Sunday, the final day of the Rio Olympics.
“We have been friends since childhood. All my best wishes are with Yogeshwar. I hope he wins the gold medal. The entire nation is standing behind him,” Sushil told ANI.
Heaping praise on Indian sportswomen such as PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar, Sushil said that the female athletes have made the entire nation proud with their exceptional performances in the Games.
With unheralded wrestler Sakshi Malik (bronze) and ace shuttler PV Sindhu (silver) bringing an end to India’s agonising wait for an Olympic medal in Rio, India will look to London Olympics-bronze medallist Yogeshwar to bring home its third medal.
The 33-year-old grappler, who endured an injury-plagued season last year, faces a tough draw and will take on Mongolia’s Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran in the qualifying round.
(Yogeshwar Dutt will take on Mongolia’s Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran in the men’s freestyle wrestling 65kg qualification round at 5PM IST)