Check out here what Sakshi said about her aim to be double Olympics medallist next at 2020 Tokyo Games
Sakshi Malik the only Indian first woman wrestler who won an Olympics medal, but the win was not sufficient for Sakshi Malik. Since now her aims to be equal Sushil Kumar’s historic achievement of winning two Olympic medals next 2020 Tokyo Games.
When asked by PTI about her target, she said “My aim is to equal Sushil Kumar’s historic feat by winning an Olympic medal in Tokyo in 2020. I am completely focussed to achieve that goal. I want to become a double Olympics medallist just like Sushil ji.”
She added, “For the Olympics, one has to start his/her training four years in advance and I have already started my training accordingly.”
Sakshi said that her immediate goal is to get ready for the World Championships, “My target this year is to do well at the World Championships. As of now, I am also planning to participate at the Asian Championship, to be held in Delhi, in May. Besides, I am looking forward to bagging gold medals at next year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games.”
She confessed that her life has completely changed after the Olympics medal and she felt good when people identify her. “Life has changed for good. People recognise me a lot more now and it gives a very good feeling. It also inspires me to do better.”
When asked about the extra pressure to achieve well every time. “Yes, no doubt the pressure has increased manifold and every time I come on mat there is a huge burden of expectations that I carry on my shoulders.”
“But that also motivates me to work harder and improve upon my game. I am trying to iron out all my flaws and train better. In a way that helps me prepare better and I am more confident now when I fight my bouts.”
This season at the Pro Wrestling Sakshi was the captain of Delhi Sultans teams and although she did fine, but her team unsuccessful to make the semi-finals. She explained “Personally for me, I did win all my bouts and that gives a lot of satisfaction. I also learnt a lot from other foreign wrestlers. Last season also I learnt many new things and that had helped me during the Olympics.”
“This time also I managed to pick up a few tricks of the trade from some experienced wrestlers and I am sure that will hold me in good stead at the international tournaments. It was an invaluable experience, even though my team failed to make the cut,” she added.
“I think Bajrang Punia’s injury cost us the most. Otherwise we had a very good team. We fought well but lost quite a few close bouts. There were a couple of upsets as well that had turned things around. We also lost four out of five tosses and some of our best wrestlers were blocked by the opposition teams. So luck was another factor that did not favour us too much this time.”