Wrestling in India so far has been synonymous with two names — double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and London Olympic bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt.
However, the recently-concluded Wrestling World Championships at Budapest has given the country two more names to celebrate — Amit Kumar Dahiya, who won the silver medal in the 55kg freestyle, and Bajrang, who clinched the bronze medal in the 60kg freestyle event.
Moreover, the fact that both these grapplers are just 19 years old should be reassuring that the sport will be in able hands for years to come.
“Both Amit and Bajrang are young wrestlers. Them winning medals at the World Championship bodes well for the sport in the country. I am proud of both of them, especially Bajrang, who took my place at the competition,” said Dutt, who reportedly takes care of Bajrang’s training expenses.
Bajrang even dedicated his World Championships bronze medal to his idol Dutt who accompanied the team to Hungary.
“I was very happy with India’s performance at the World Championships as we have never won two medals in one event. This is the first time that India have qualified for the World Cup. Only the top eight countries on the medals table make the cut for the World Cup,” Dutt added.
The World Cup, which will be held next year, will be another avenue for these young guns to prove themselves. However, Dutt, who has been laid low with a knee injury, remains an uncertainty for the event.
“Right now, I don’t know if I will participate at the World Cup next year but I have started with some light training as of now,” he added.