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Sushil gives in to craving

other Updated: Aug 26, 2012 00:10 IST
Shail Desai
Shail Desai
Hindustan Times
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Sushil Kumar suffers from two addictions - wrestling and sleeping. It's what his entire day revolves around, almost to the extent of being labelled boring. Such was the craving that it took just a couple of days for the 29-year-old to slip into his training regime again instead of taking time off as per the plan.

"I rarely have energy for anything else. It's the kind of focus you need to win a medal. I'm glad I have a wife who understands," he quipped.

"Log kehte the pehelwano ko shaadi nahi karni chahiye agar une medal laana hai. Mujhe koi farak nahin pada, dekho na, bronze ka silver ho gaya. (People say wrestlers shouldn't marry if they want to win medals. But it made no difference to me. My bronze turned to silver)," he said.

While coming so close to gold still hurts, Sushil says one needs to sit down and look at the bigger picture. "At the Olympics, sometimes it doesn't matter what the colour of the medal is as long as you come back with one. World Championship mein gold ka matlab kuch aur hai, par jise Olympic medal milta hai, use apne aap ko lucky manna chahiye. Mere paas ab do hai," he smiled.

Afflicted by illness, a day before the bout, what really troubles the grappler is the 'what if' question.

"People still think I was making excuses. I visited the bathroom all day during weigh-in, slept only at 2am and was up at 5. The bouts were coming fast and I got weaker as the day progressed. The Indian pockets and tirangas I could see through the corner of my eye kept me going. Maybe things would have been different had I been at 100 per cent," he said.