Silver Medalist Ravi Dahiya opens up about his future plans and shares his medal-winning experience in the Tokyo Olympics

Towards the end, Dahiya mentioned that he will soon start training for the Common Wealth Games and Asian Games next year, as they are their first stop before they set up ambitions for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Ravi Dahiya after his prolific performance in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier this year has now become the hero of the country. He fought his heart out in the ring to bring home a silver for his country in the 57kg wrestling. Dahiya had a great overall outing, but what made everyone’s heart stop was his match against Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev. In that match, he was trailing by the margin of 9 points to 2 and was on the brink of losing the game by the technical superiority of the opposition. However, the 23-year-old was not going to go down so easily and he turned the tide around by winning the match by fall. This was one of the moments of the competition as well because everyone had written Dahiya off after trailing by 7 points.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, organized by the Smile Foundation, Dahiya gave a brief insight into his life after the medal win, and also enlightened his fans regarding his plans for the future. The very first and the most obvious question asked to Dahiya in this interview was: How has life changed after this medal? To which, he replied by saying that he’s proud of his own achievement. That he’s obliged to have gotten this opportunity to represent his country, and above all, life has not changed much.

The highlight of the interview was his reply to the question that, does he feel his medal will inspire youngsters to pick up the sport. Ravi Dahiya while speaking to Hindustan Times told, “I definitely feel the youngster will get inspired from our medal win… because we too were inspired by seeing wrestlers like Sushil Kumar who came before us.” He further added that he’d like the youth to get inspired to bring more medals for their country in near future. Noticeably, a wrestling training center is being built near Dahiya’s village Nahari, where youngsters will get a proper facility to train.

Towards the end, Dahiya mentioned that he will soon start training for the Common Wealth Games and Asian Games next year, as they are their first stop before they set up ambitions for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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