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Milkman’s son Deepak Punia beats Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam to carry CWG gold


Final 12 months when wrestler Deepak Punia misplaced the bronze medal about in opposition to Myles Nazem Amine of San Marino within the 86 kg class at Tokyo Olympics, Punia’s want for profitable the medal for the nation and his late mom remained unfulfilled,

Punia had misplaced his mom after qualifying for Olympics in 2020 and with a medal alternative missed in Olympics, it meant that the 23-year-old Haryana teenager was dissatisfied and dejected.

On Friday evening, as Punia received the gold medal with a win over Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam in males’s 86 kg class in Birmingham, father Subash was cheering for his son at their village Chhara in Jhajhar district and knew that Deepak would bear in mind his late mom first after profitable the medal.

“When the nationwide camp was closed as a result of lockdown in 2020, Deepak spent 18 days along with his ailing mom Krishna Punia at our village. My spouse at all times wished to see Deepak win an Olympic medal however sadly she misplaced her life on April 9, 2020. When Deepak misplaced the bronze medal, he felt dejected. However we made certain that he was given a heat welcome with dhol and sweets. Win and loss and a part of sport and that’s what we wished him to grasp. Now that he has received a Commonwealth Video games medal, we’ll have a good time it until he returns with the medal,” says father Subash whereas speaking with The Indian Specific.

Rising up within the village, the place his father Subash ran a milk enterprise with ten buffaloes and 5 cows at their dwelling, a younger Deepak would usually take heed to the tales of his father, uncles and cousins combating in native dangals.

Whereas his elder cousin nationwide champion Sunil Kumar can be well-known as Sunil Chotiwala after profitable many dangals sporting a choti, a younger Deepak would be part of the Arya Virendra Akhada close to the village on the age of 5.

It was additionally the time, when Subash would fetch milk of greater than 50 buffaloes at his village and promote at societies in Delhi ferrying on his bike aside from seeing work at his three-acre farm on the village.

“Deepak would watch Sunil’s trophies and medals and would usually play with them. When he was 5, I obtained him enrolled on the Arya Virendra Akhada in our village and Deepak’s day would begin at 5 am within the morning and he would spend most of his day on the akhada like different resident trainees earlier than returning dwelling within the night. Generally, he would stroll alone to the akhada or cycle even in wet or excessive sizzling climate and would take handmade lassi and ghee with him to the akhada,” remembers Subash.

Whereas Deepak would usually compete within the native dangals and would win dangals, it additionally meant that Subahs needed to go away the milk enterprise in 2011 and would commit his full time to Deepak travelling with him to native dangals and in addition making ready his weight loss plan and assist his wants.

“As he began profitable dangals, I needed to go away my milk enterprise to help Deepak. I’d put together his weight loss plan aside from almond milk for Deepak and typically, we’d arrive dwelling at midnight after Deepka profitable village dangals. I usually took loans from my buddies and family to help his coaching and would repay when Deepak would win dangals or nationwide titles and get money awards,” says Subash.

Deepak Punia along with his mom Krishna Punia after profitable the junior world silver earlier.

In 2014, Deepak can be enrolled on the Chhatrasal stadium in Delhi beneath the watchful eyes of coach Virender Kumar and inside two years, Deepak would turn out to be the world cadet champion in Georgia in 2016 earlier than changing into the Asian Junior champion the identical 12 months.

In 2018, Deepak returned with a silver from the World Junior Wrestling Championship in Slovakia earlier than he ended India’s 18-year-wait for a world junior champion with the title win within the 86 Kg class within the World Junior Wrestling Championship at Estonia.

“When he first joined the Chhatrasal stadium, we began making him be taught the fundamentals of mat wrestling as he was very robust in mud wrestling and would usually slip or would catch the opponent’s clothes like in mud wrestling. Nevertheless it took him no time to grasp the strikes and technique for mat wrestling. His ft motion was swift and he mastered strikes like Dasti Khinch, Kehri Patt, Dohri Patt. His most important energy has been the usage of higher physique as properly decrease physique strikes,” remembers 50-year-old Virender Kumar, who now runs his personal akhada close to Singhu border.

Kumar additionally provides that his ward loves to observe the bouts of two-time Olympic and three-time world champion Iranian Hassan Yazdini aside from spending his time chanting Hanuman Chalisa. “Scoring factors with Kehri Patt or Dohri Patt has been Deepak’s robust level. Deepak additionally has appreciated to observe bouts of Iranian Hassan Yazdini, to whom he misplaced in Asian championship earlier aside from different wrestlers in his free time and spending time chanting Hanuman Chalisa,” provides the coach.

At Punia’s dwelling, elder sister Manisha Sangwan and Pinki have been managing issues and know that if Deepak wins a medal, he would ask for his favorite dishes made by her mom to recollect his mom and to have a good time like his mom at all times did. “Deepak was very near our mom. Generally, he would get late and our mom would make choorma for him aside from making aloo paranthas for him and ensuring that he carried with him to the akhada. When he returns with the CWG medal, having choorma might be his strategy to bear in mind our mom,” shared Manisha.



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