Bajrang Punia headed to Russia for training ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Bajrang Punia says he’ll focus completely on coaching throughout the remaining part of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Punia had earmarked the Poland Rating Collection (June 8-13) and Yasar Dogu meet (June 25-27) sooner than the Olympics starting on July 23.

Journey restrictions and quarantine tips have meant he has needed to constantly change his plans. Punia now plans to arrange in Russia and has utilized for visa. India’s excessive wrestling medal contender has been grounded at dwelling since closing month as a result of the second wave of pandemic has made journey troublesome for Indian athletes. He closing competed on the Asian Championships in Kazakhstan the place he gained silver after forfeiting his remaining bout in the direction of Japan’s Takuto Otoguro attributable to an elbow downside.

“There was a change of plan. I would like coaching. So, I’m not taking part in Poland. I’ll go to Russia the place there is no such thing as a quarantine. I can simply give a Covid check and begin coaching. I’ll see if I can keep there and go straight to the Olympics however that’s now confirmed now,” Punia talked about all through an interaction organised by the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday.

“With two months remaining for the Olympics, my focus is on coaching and sparring with high quality companions. It’s troublesome to arrange in India in the mean time. I don’t have good sparring companions. My sparring accomplice Jitender Kinha (74kg) had surgical procedure (knee). Additionally, there can’t be any nationwide camp presently due to lengthy quarantine.”

Punia talked about he doesn’t want risk hurt in competion two months sooner than the Olympics.

“The elbow is ok now after rehab. I can struggle however the Olympics is extra essential and that’s why I didn’t compete on the Asian Championships closing. Rating is just not that essential as a result of ultimately it won’t make a lot distinction whether or not you’re seeded one or two. There are 10-12 good wrestlers and anyone can beat anybody. There are not any favourites in 65kg,” talked about the three-time world championships medallist.

Punia moreover explored the possibility of getting coaching companions abroad nonetheless that didn’t happen. He educated collectively along with his coach Emzarios Bentinidis at JSW’s Encourage Institute of Sport (IIS) in Ballari, Karnataka. He’s now once more dwelling in Sonepat prepared for the visa to be issued.

In Russia, Punia is attempting to arrange with Rio Olympics gold medallist Soslan Ramonov in 65kg and world champions Zaurbek Sidakov (74kg) and David Baev (70kg). “I skilled in Russia earlier than the world championships in 2019 and there’s no dearth of excellent wrestlers to spar with. I don’t need a heavy workload at this level and the main focus might be on coaching with companions.”

The 65kg world champion Gadzhimurad Rashidov may also be from Russia.

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