Fourteen-year-old Azam Shah of New Sion Municipal Secondary School (Sion Koliwada) was content to win the silver medal in the boys' U-17 42 kg Freestyle category of the Mumbai City District Sports Office inter-school wrestling tournament at NM Joshi Municipal School's campus in Lower Parel yesterday.
Azam Shah (in blue) grapples with Vishal Sharma during the DSO boys U-17 42 kg Freestyle bout in Lower Parel yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK
He lost the gold to Aniket Shenvi of NM School, who is two years his senior. The defeat meant that Azam lost his chance to represent Mumbai City at the DSO zonal event as only the winner is selected.
However, the youngster is happy to have age on his side and promises to bounce back next year. He seeks inspiration from his idol, India wrestler Narsingh Yadav.
Narsingh Yadav, who studied in a BMC school — Saraswati Baug Municipal School in Jogeshwari — clinched bronze (Freestyle 74kg category) at the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas last month. "I took up wrestling after I met him (Narsing), who was chief guest at one of the tournaments last year.
I feel that if he can achieve so much having studied at a BMC school, so can I. I will work hard and come back to win gold next year," Azam told mid-day.