Lost focus due to injury, movie: Geeta

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Aug 2018 12:57:45




VETERAN Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat says the razzmatazz of a Bollywood blockbuster on her life and a prolonged injury break took away her focus from the sport and she is now trying to recover lost ground.
Geeta and Babita Phogat, both Commonwealth Games medallists became household names after their life story was brought alive on the silver screen in blockbuster ‘Dangal’.

However, the two wrestlers haven’t been in the best of forms for a while now with injury still keeping Geeta away from action.

“I think staying away from wrestling for two years with injury and the movie, I lost my focus. Now I am concentrating just on wrestling,” Geeta said on the sidelines of the launch of JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sports here.

The 29-year-old scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for Olympics in 2012. However, she was axed from the national
camp ahead of the Asian Games owing to disciplinary issues.

She had also claimed a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

“My comeback on the mat hasn’t been good. I am training hard to get back into the team. No sport is easy, if you spend time away it will be difficult to make a comeback,” she said.

Asked about Indian wrestlers’ Asian Games campaign, Geeta said she expects women grapplers to return with more medals than last time.

We are here to create legacy: Hockey coach
‘‘We are here to create legacy by winning the gold for the second successive time’’ asserted National hockey coach Harendra Singh in Jakarta on Thursday.

“No Indian men hockey team has won back to back Asian Games Gold and we want to do that and create a legacy” the coach said while talking to the correspondent on the side lines of the Flag hoisting ceremony at the Games Village.

Asked about the competition, the coach said, “we are confident but not over confident, we know that we cannot afford to take any opposition lightly. In fact no team at such level of competition can do so.”

Asked about the preparations, Harendra said, “We are doing well, the players are fit and eagerly looking for defending the title” The Indian men’s team is grouped in Pool A along with South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong China and Indonesia.

India start their campaign against hosts Indonesia” It is not an easy pool, former champion Korea, Japan and China are formidable sides” he said.

Harendra said his tactics are very simple, ‘‘I don’t believe in complicated strategies. My advise to the boys is to play simple and straight hockey.”

He said that boys are well aware that winning here will also get us direct entry into 2020 Tokyo Olympics and also will be a stepping stone towards the World Cup slated to be played in November at Bhubaneswar.