Glasgow done, Incheon next as countdown begins for Asian Games
Exhausted after a golden performance at the Commonwealth Games, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt on Monday said he might skip next month’s World Championships at Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to be fighting fit for the Asian Games, to be held in Incheon from September 19 to October 4.
Yogeshwar won a gold in men’s 65kg freestyle category at Glasgow and has now set his eyes on the Asian Games.
“I may not compete in the World Championships as there is just a 10-day gap between that tournament and the Asian Games. And I being prone to injuries, might not be able to recover to fight gruelling bouts at Incheon,” Yogeshwar said.
Fila Wrestling World Championships will be held at Tashkent, Uzbekistan from September 8 to 14, while Asian Games will commence from 19th.
Yogeshwar, who competed in a new weight category at the CWG, said he would have to practice harder for the Asian Games as the standard of competition would be tougher.
“The competition at the Asian Games is going to be higher as more countries will take part and the wrestlers who would be participating there, are expected to pose bigger threat. I will have to focus more during the Asian Games,” he said.
Lack of exposure cost us gold, says coach
A boxing gold eluded India at the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 2002 but national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said given the tough circumstances his boys braved in the run up to the event, the three silver medals are no less than gold.
Star pugilist Vijender Singh (75kg) and the Asian silver medal-winning duo of Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and L Devendro Singh (49kg) ended second in the competition after losing in the final of the Games.
“We hardly got any exposure trips before CWG but for the first time in history of the games, we had four boxers in the finals,” Sandhu said.
“Yes, we did not get a gold but given the fact that we had no exposure and no official representation at the Games due to our federation’s termination, for me these silver medals are as good as gold,” he said.
“As a teacher, I would give my boys 8 on a scale of 10,” he added.
Shooter Anisa not give her due yet
Anisa Sayyed doesn’t need to wait for long to succeed in a shooting range but her wait for a job seems to be turning into an endless one with the Haryana government dilly dallying for the past three years, leaving the shooter frustrated.
The multiple CWG winner, who has clinched a silver in Glasgow to go with her record-breaking double gold in Delhi four years ago, though, is still living in hope.
“I have been waiting for three years, waiting for that promised job. But it has still not seen the light of the day. If they think I don’t deserve this then they should not keep me waiting. That’s not fair on an athlete who has and continues to strive for international success,” Anisa said.