New Delhi, July 26 (PTI) Medal-contender Bajrang Punia should shed the behavior of dropping focus if he’s to face atop the rostrum on the Tokyo Video games, warned his coach Shako Bentinidis whereas conceding that outdated habits die onerous.
The Georgian has immense religion in his ward, saying Bajrang is greatest among the many present Indian crop however feels taking part in badly for simply 30 seconds can damage Olympic desires.
Bajrang has perched himself on the highest of the UWW rating desk in 65kg after profitable 9 of his final 10 worldwide assignments, together with the 2018 CWG and Asian Video games. The one ultimate he misplaced was on the World Championship final yr.
“The biggest problem with Bajrang is that he loses focus sometimes and gives away points. It becomes a minus three, minus four start for him. We are working on it. It’s difficult. When I came he was 18 now he is 26, so it’s difficult to change but I am giving my best,” mentioned Shako after Bajrang received the World Championship trials.
“Bajrang and Vinesh are close to Olympic medals. But one incorrect (sic) fight, and you are finished. Lot of legends lost at Olympics, it’s a serious competition. You must give everything. One poor bout or 30 bad seconds, and it’s good bye Olympics,” he mentioned.
So, what’s it that causes Bajrang to lose his focus?
“If the training has not gone as per expectations, you might lose focus. And when you are a bit injured or want to avoid injury, it affects you. I try not to get distracted. Actually, when you are on the mat, there is no pressure but before that everyone feels a bit of pressure,” Bajrang advised PTI after the trials.
Shako didn’t say it in as many phrases however hinted that stardom may be distracting.
“Wrestling is a tough sport. Bajrang was a superb wrestler earlier than however not one of the best. Now he’s leaping quick, he has obtained identify as nicely. He’s a star now, so it turns into tough to focus however he’s at one other stage.
“I all the time inform him earlier than the bout that it’s essential to perceive one greatest state of affairs, factor that your opponent first has to beat your identify (being star) and then you definately and it is tough to beat two individuals. He’s not primary for nothing, there may be high quality, he mentioned counting the positives of being a star.
“The World Championship is very important for us because the qualification for the Olympics is priority now. We can focus on training for one year. A lot of people want him to win at Worlds but my priority is that he qualifies for the Tokyo Games.”
Ask Shako what are the three-four issues Bajrang should do, to do nicely on the Worlds and the Olympics and he comes up with a transparent reply.
“Leg, leg leg and leg.. if you give 6-7 points, comeback is possible but very very difficult in Olympics.”
It isn’t shocking when Shako mentioned that as a result of the one ultimate Bajrang misplaced within the final 18 months was on the Worlds as a result of poor leg defence.
Bajrang although mentioned he made passable progress on that rely.
“If you look at my performance after the last World Championship, I have competed in 4-5 tournaments and lost just one bout in Madisson Square. Today, I did not falter on leg defence. I have competed against Harphul before and gave him 1-2 points earlier but today I did not give any points to him, so there is definitely improvement on leg defence.”
Shako hinted that maybe the affable 25-year-old from Haryana doesn’t give his physique sufficient relaxation in his absence.
“Bajrang does not understand rest. Now he is best wrestler and if I go for one-week vacation, and come back, Bajrang is a different wrestler.”
However he’s certain that Bajrang undoubtedly is one of the best as of now within the nation.
“There is sea difference in Bajrang and other Indian wrestlers. He is the most disciplined. The problem is mentality. They don’t know the history and there is not much Indian history in wrestling,” he signed off.
The story is as per enter from PTI