Indian star wrestler Bajrang Punia hits Atlantic road to prepare for Commonwealth Games

Indian bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 65kg freestyle category, Bajrang Punia, will take the Atlantic route to prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The 28-year-old Indian wrestler will train at the University of Michigan in the United States to prepare for upcoming competitions including the Commonwealth Games. He will leave early next week for a month-long exhibition camp in the United States.

“There are good training partners at the University of Michigan. The facilities are also good. The conducive environment will definitely allow me to better prepare for the Commonwealth Games,” Punia said during a media interaction. virtual Saturday.

Staying focused is another reason to practice in a foreign land.

“To avoid any distractions on home soil due to family commitments, it is important to train in the United States for a month,” added Punia.

As an elite athlete, Punia has the luxury of securing funds sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), while several other wrestlers will have to make do with whatever is available at their disposal.

According to Punia, the 2018 Asian Games champion in Jakarta, he does not take the Commonwealth Games lightly.

“I am in good shape and there is no problem with a problem. I want to be fully prepared for any challenge at the Commonwealth Games as it will serve as a platform to assess my performance for the next competition, which is the World Championship in September,” explained the Olympic medalist.

Sujeet Maan, Punia’s personal trainer, and physio Anand Dubey will also accompany the wrestler to the United States.

“Since I fully recovered from a knee injury, my main focus during the month-long camp in the United States will be to strengthen my wrestling skills,” Punia said of his future goal.

Next month’s Commonwealth Games and World Wrestling Championships will provide an in-depth look into preparations for the 2023 season, the Punia coach says.

“The 2014 Olympic qualification will start in 2023. We have to be in top form and get the Olympic qualification in the first competition,” added Maan.

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee

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