New Delhi, June 17 | Woman wrestler Sakshi Malik said that Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt’s exploits at the Olympics motivated her to go all out for an Olympic medal during 2016 games in Rio.
Sakshi became India’s first woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal when she defeated reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 8-5 in the 58kg category, despite trailing 0-5 at one stage, in the repechage medal playoff.
And by her own admission, she had very little idea about the importance of the quadrennial sporting events and it only got a fillip after two-time Olympic medallist Sushil and London Games bronze medallist Yogeshwar’s exploits.
Speaking of her Olympic bronze and the iconic moment when her coach Kuldeep Malik took her for a lap of honor around the arena, she said that it took for the achievement to sink in.
During her interaction, Sakshi spoke on the importance of these sessions, which was also attended by WFI coach Jagmandar Singh as well as technical officials and referees.
Sakshi praised SAI and WFI for the initiative in conducting the online classes.