"Form is temporary but class is permanent", is how India’s wrestling legend Yogeshwar Dutt emphasized while speaking about double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar’s chances in 74kg as he returned to the World Wrestling Championships after a gap of eight years.
The 2010 world champion, who is eyeing a fourth Olympic berth, has found strong backing from his former colleague Yogeshwar Dutt, who believes Sushil’s vast experience will be his forte. “Sushil Pehelwan Ji is one of the most experienced wrestlers right now. He has won 2 Olympic medals and one World Championship gold medal, that itself speaks a lot about him. His experience will help him a lot in this World Championship,” said Dutt.
Dutt, who won the 60kg bronze in 2012 London Olympics where Sushil won the 66kg silver, counts Sushil among his medal favourites as he singled out the names who could create history for India this time. “I have a lot of expectations from our wrestlers especially Bajrang, Sushil, Sakshi, and Vinesh. Over the past few years, our performance has been really good. We’ve won medals in different tournaments through the year and I have high hopes,” he said.
“This World Championship is a great chance for us to win maximum Olympic quotas,” he added. “The entire team has worked really hard and if they finish in the top 6 and get Olympic quotas, they'll get ample time to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics and work on their shortcomings with a free mind, Yogeshwar added.
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