Tokyo Olympic-bound wrestler Bajrang Punia started his closing part of preparations for the Summer season Video games, sparring and sweating with high Russian grapplers. Bajrang Punia was accompanied by his Georgian coach Shako Bentindis. The duo are coaching in Vladikavkaz with the 2019 world champion in 70kg (non-Olympic weight class) David Baev.
“I’ve began my coaching in Russia with David Baev, the 2019 world champion in 70kg. There are good sparring companions in Vladikavkaz,’ three-time world medalist Bajrang Punia wrote on his Twitter deal with.
Bajrang Punia, who will symbolize India on the Tokyo Olympics within the males’s 65kg freestyle, had reached Vladikavkaz final month. He’ll prepare in Russia for almost 5 weeks earlier than flying to Tokyo.
Within the absence of his common sparring accomplice Jitender Kumar, the 2018 Asian and Commonwealth Video games gold medalist had initially deliberate to ask 5 wrestlers from completely different nations to coach with him in India. Nonetheless, the plan couldn’t materialize due to the journey restrictions within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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He skipped the just lately held Poland Open Rating Sequence in Warsaw to concentrate on coaching and sparring with high Russian wrestlers. His coach Shako says coaching and dealing on shortcomings are extra essential now, in comparison with the competitions.
“With higher sparring companions in Russia, we’re positive to enhance additional. It is time to concentrate on coaching with high wrestlers over competitions,” Shako instructed Sportskeeda earlier than departing for Russia.
Bajrang Punia agreed along with his coach. Shedding gentle on why he picked Russia as his coaching middle, the Haryana-born mentioned they’ve good coaching amenities and higher sparring companions which is able to assist him polish his abilities forward of the Tokyo Olympics.
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“Good sparring companions play an essential position in sharpening abilities. Vladikavkaz has good amenities for wrestlers. I educated in Russia earlier than the Asian Wrestling Championships too,’ Bajrang Punia mentioned throughout a web-based media interplay final month.
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The 2 wrestlers have certified for the Tokyo Olympics in 57 kg and 86 kg classes respectively. They’ll be a part of Bajrang Punia in Vladikavkaz.