Gurgaon: Ace Sakshi Malik believes her quest for a gold medal at the may end in Jakarta.
The 25-year-old, who shot to fame after winning a bronze in the 58kg freestyle category in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, missed out on the top prize and settled for a bronze at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
Thus, Malik, who was the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics, has now set her sights on winning the Asian gold.
“I have been preparing hard for the Asian Games. I have been studying my opponents and their strengths so that I can beat them. This year, my goal is to come back with a gold medal from the Games,” she said.
Malik said she wanted to use the platform at Jakarta to make amends with an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I have my eyes set on the Olympic Games,” she added.
At the Commonwealth Games 2018 held at Gold Coast, Malik had managed to beat Tayla Ford to win the bronze, even after losing to Michelle Fazzari and Aminat Adeneyi. Putting the losses behind, she said she was now completely focused on her performance at the upcoming Games. “I have prepared well in every aspect and ready to deal with all challenges in the Asiad,” the star wrestler added.
Talking about the preparations, Malik stressed on the need to have a foreign coach for the national wrestling team. “We had foreign coaches till 2016. Our Indian coaches are good and well versed in the game. But if we get foreign coaches, it will add that extra zing to our training. They will help us learn some new techniques. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is trying to rope in foreign coaches, I am sure after we come back from the Games, we’ll get them,” she said.
She also seeks tips from her wrestler husband Satyawart Kadian. “After my marriage, the support that I have received from my husband has been immense. He points out my mistakes and tells me where I am going wrong,” she said.
The Asian Games will begin on August 18 in Jakarta.
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