New Delhi: Apart from skill, it needed words of wisdom from senior pro Sushil Kumar to inspire rising grappler Sandeep Tulsi Yadav to go all out for a medal in the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest.
Few encouraging words from the double Olympic medallist ensured that the 25-year-old Yadav stood on the podium with the bronze medal.
“Before coming back from the championships, Sushil bhai came to my room to advice me on how to go about it. He told me that you have a genuine chance of winning a medal and asked me not to think about the opponents. His words spurred me to give my 100 per cent,” Greco Roman wrestler Yadav said.
Yadav won India’s first-ever medal in the Greco Roman category when he defeated Serbia’s Aleksandar Maksimovic in the 66kg division on Sunday.
“It was a dream come true. There were expectations from me and I am happy that I delivered. Moreover, I became a part of a historic event. I hope my medal will motivate others to pursue the ancient form of wrestling,” the Mumbai lad said.
After being sidelined in the last Asian Championships in April due to a shoulder injury, Yadav vowed to make an impact at the World Championships and was happy to rise to the occasion.