September 26, 2021


‘We are still improving… We will be learning till the end of our careers’

At the e.Adda last week, Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra and bronze decoration winning grappler Bajrang Punia talked on planning in the hour of the pandemic, on life after their awards and what should be done to help arising competitors.

On the energy over the Olympics and the test of the pandemic

Bajrang Punia: We have been getting a great deal of adoration and regard in the wake of winning decorations for the country. It has proceeded for longer than a month at this point, however that additionally implies we have greater obligation, and we need to help out the country. Individuals went to the air terminal (to welcome us) since they love us and backing us. At the point when we saw Sushil bhai (grappler Sushil Kumar) being respected at the air terminal in 2008, we had trusted that one day, individuals would do likewise for us. That additionally spurred us to get an Olympic award for the country. It was hard for everybody to go to the Olympics this year. The standards and guidelines were new for everybody. We thought the additional one year that we got on the grounds that the Olympics were deferred would assist us with getting ready better and we kept an inspirational perspective. We needed to protect ourselves from disease and plan. Our game is to such an extent that in any event, for wrestling preparing we need to do it with an accomplice. During COVID, things were somewhat troublesome, we were unable to prepare with an accomplice for long and neither could we travel. We were apprehensive that we were not having the option to get ready appropriately. Yet, in the five to a half year that we got, we did actual preparing, chipped away at our solidarity, examined our shortcomings, worked out, dealt with endurance.

Neeraj Chopra: Players (who didn’t win), as well, had placed in a great deal of difficult work. They ought to have likewise been expressed gratitude toward on the grounds that they excessively played for the country. I think this year we got most extreme awards in the Olympics and Paralympics. (In spear) We have two gold awards, one silver, one bronze — an aggregate of four decorations. Spear has additionally become famous in India. Our banner is arriving at world level in spear toss. It feels truly nice.Chopra: Earlier we could go anyplace, sit on the side of the road and eat something… that is less at this point. These days, because of COVID-19 we need to wear veils, yet at some point, individuals remembered me at Mumbai air terminal despite the fact that I had a cover on. It was useful for us that such countless individuals followed the Olympics this time. Presently, individuals remember us. Our exhibition was seen by everybody and the adolescent who need to join sports will likewise be motivated.

On going in for the success

Punia: When we go for a session, we don’t figure we will win by 8-0 or 10-0. At the point when we start the session, we simply think we need to give a valiant effort. The score doesn’t make any difference, we need to zero in on winning the session, which will get us the decoration — regardless of whether it is by 8-0, 4-4 or 10-0. We need to put forth a valiant effort.

Chopra: Just two days before the session Bajrang bhai and I were at the rec center. Bajrang bhai was wearing a sauna suit and rushing to diminish weight. He got a knee injury while wrestling in Russia however he continued saying, ‘this is the Olympics, I am not in any event, thinking about the injury’. He had a mortar on his knee and needed to put forth a valiant effort. At the point when we converse with one another and see that soul, it is exceptionally persuading.

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