(By Harsh Rajput)
“I lost my Tokyo Olympics Bronze medal bout on August 5, 2021 and coincidentally this game (CWG final) was also on August 5 but a year later. My final game was against a Wrestler from Pakistan and everyone knows the kind of pressure when you play if there’s a Clash between India and Pakistan. But I decided to keep all the things aside and play with a free mind. I didn’t take any extra pressure that I took during the Olympics,” said Deepak Punia exclusively to Times Network.
Deepak was the country’s top medal prospect at the Tokyo Olympics as well but, unfortunately, he missed the medal after coming very close to it. He lost his Bronze medal game against San Marino’s Myles Amine. But that loss led him on a path to work harder for CWG.
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“After losing an opportunity to win a Bronze medal in Tokyo, I was unhappy and upset with myself. Then Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me and said, the country is considering me as a Winner so don’t think much about it because of my efforts, and he asked me to prepare myself for future tournaments,” he further added.
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Talking about the Paris Olympics, Deepak said after Tokyo 2020, he made a few goals out of which CWG gold was one of them keeping the 2024 marquee event as the biggest.
“After Tokyo 2020, I had set a few goals for me out of which the first was winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. My second goal is the Asian Games while the Ultimate goal is to grab a gold in Paris 2024, concluded Punia .