She may be India’s first and only woman wrestler to have won an Olympic medal but that does not seem enough for Sakshi Malik as she now aims to equal Sushil Kumar’s Olympic medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
“My aim is to equal Sushil Kumar’s historic feat by winning an Olympic medal at Tokyo in 2020. I am completely focussed to achieve that goal. I want to become a double Olympic medallist just like Sushil ji, “Sakshi told PTI.
“For the Olympics, one has to start his/her training four years in advance and I have already started my training accordingly,” she added. Sakshi said her immediate goal is to prepare for the World Championships, to be held later this year. “My target this year is to do well at the World Championships. As of now, I am also planning to participate at the Asian Championship, to be held in Delhi, in May. Besides, I am looking forward to bagging gold medals at next year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games,” Sakshi, who became India’s first woman wrestler to bag an Olympic medal at Rio last year, said. The 24-year-old now and it gives a very good feeling. It also inspires me to do better.”
Whether it adds extra pressure to perform well every time she takes the mat, Sakshi said: “Yes, no doubt the pressure has increased manifold and every time I come on mat there is a huge burden of expectations that I carry on my shoulders. But that also motivates me to work harder and improve upon my game. I am trying to iron out all my flaws and tra-in better. “In a way that helps me prepare better and I am more confident now when I fight my bouts.”
Sakshi was the captain of Dehi Sultans team at the Pro Wrestling League this season and although she didi well,her team failed to make the semi-finals. “Personally for me, I did a lot of satisfaction. I also learnt a lot from other foreign wrestlers. Last season also I learnt many new things and that had helped me during the Olympics.”