Final yr 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 successful 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 teen 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 successful the medal.
“When the nationwide camp was closed as a consequence of lockdown in 2020, Deepak spent 18 days together 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 positive 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 are going to have fun it until he returns with the medal,” says father Subash whereas speaking with The Indian Categorical.
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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 typically hearken 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 successful 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 other than seeing work at his three-acre farm on the village.
“Deepak would watch Sunil’s trophies and medals and would typically 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 typically compete within the native dangals and would win dangals, it additionally meant that Subahs needed to depart 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 eating regimen and assist his wants.
“As he began successful dangals, I needed to depart my milk enterprise to assist Deepak. I might put together his eating regimen other than almond milk for Deepak and typically, we’d arrive dwelling at midnight after Deepka successful village dangals. I usually took loans from my mates and family members to assist his coaching and would repay when Deepak would win dangals or nationwide titles and get money awards,” says Subash.
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 grow to be the world cadet champion in Georgia in 2016 earlier than changing into the Asian Junior champion the identical yr.
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 study the fundamentals of mat wrestling as he was very sturdy in mud wrestling and would typically slip or would catch the opponent’s clothes like in mud wrestling. However it took him no time to grasp the strikes and technique for mat wrestling. His toes motion was swift and he mastered strikes like Dasti Khinch, Kehri Patt, Dohri Patt. His 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 look at the bouts of two-time Olympic and three-time world champion Iranian Hassan Yazdini other than spending his time chanting Hanuman Chalisa. “Scoring factors with Kehri Patt or Dohri Patt has been Deepak’s sturdy level. Deepak additionally has appreciated to look at bouts of Iranian Hassan Yazdini, to whom he misplaced in Asian championship earlier other than 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 fun 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 other than making aloo paranthas for him and ensuring that he carried with him to the akhada. When he returns with the CWG medal, having choorma can be his approach to bear in mind our mom,” shared Manisha.