New Delhi: Exhausted after a golden performance at the Commonwealth Games, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt on Monday said he might skip next month’s World Championships at Tashkent to be fighting fit for the Asian Games.
Yogeshwar won a gold in men’s 65kg freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and has now set his eyes on another gold at the Asian Games.
“I may not compete in the World Championships as there is just a 10-day gap between that tournament and the Asian Games. And I being prone to injuries, might not be able to recover to fight gruelling bouts at Incheon,” Yogeshwar said.
The Wrestling World Championships will be held at Tashkent, from September 8–14, while Asian Games will commence from September 19.
Yogeshwar, who competed in a new category at the CWG, said he would have to practice harder for the Asian Games as the competition would be tougher.
“The competition at the Asian Games is going to be higher as more countries will take part and the wrestlers who would be there, are expected to pose bigger threat. I will have to focus more during the Asian Games,” he said.
The London Olympic bronze medallist, however, added that at CWG also the grapplers from Nigeria, Canada and England were difficult to beat.
“The standard of the competition was good at Glasgow also. The wrestlers from Nigeria, Canada and England were very good,” said Yogeshwar, who clinched a gold in 60kg in the 2010 Delhi edition of the Games four years ago.
Stating that he was satisfied with his performance at the CWG, Yogeshwar said, “I finished all my bouts within two minutes and I am very happy about that.”
He used his trademark ‘fitele’ (leg-twisting) technique to great effect in all his four bouts he fought at Glasgow and Yogeshwar said it was his “favourite technique”.
“Fitele is my favourite technique and I try to use it in all my bouts. That is one technique which I try to use it first and it works more often than not. Also, there is no risk in this technique,” he said.
Yogeshwar said while he did not find it too difficult to adjust to his new category (65kg), in which he has competed just twice since its inception, he did admit that there is a need to increase his strength further in order to continue doing well in future as well.
“I will have to practice harder. I have to increase my strength. Increasing the strength is very much needed and that would help me perform better.”