After his much applauded win in the 2012 Olympics, all eyes were on Yogeshwar Dutt to bring India a Gold in 2016 Rio Olympics. But, his first round exit in Rio brought shock to many of us. Just when people thought about writing him off, following his disappointing performance and multiple injuries, Yogeshwar dutt is back in news talking about his comeback. But we wonder, what does the future hold for Yogeshwar Dutt ?
The 34 years old, Olympics Bronze medalist has no plan to retire any time soon. “Retirement is something that is not even on my mind. I would like to make a comeback to the international arena before bidding adieu to the sport. So, there are no plans of quitting any time soon.” – says Yogeshwar Dutt.
Yogeshwar had suffered from a knee injury early on in his career and, that has always been a cause of worry for him and his well wishers. However, this time round he wants to make sure that no injury stops him from achieving what he can at the international level. Perhaps that is why he has not yet decided on when to make a comeback. He wants to focus on achieving complete fitness for the time being.
“I have suffered from a number of injuries in the past one year or so. Thus my main focus is on attaining fitness. And only after I am completely injury free, I would be able to assess where I stand and decide when I can compete. I would certainly be returning to the mat but when would that be, I am not sure. Right now my aim is to achieve full fitness and only after that I would choose which tournament to take part in.” – says the 2014 Commonwealth Gold medalist when asked about his plans.
On answering a further query on his comeback game, Dutt said – “It would be unfair to commit right now whether I would be participating in either Commonwealth or Asian Games. I would need to sit down and gather my thoughts before returning to action at the international arena.”
It is inspiring to see how the ace wrestler is committed to improving the state of wrestling in the country. He has recently opened his own academy and we can hope to see more participants from our nation competing at the wrestling world championships. Talking about his academy Yogeshwar said – “I have opened my academy recently, so I am very busy with that. It is my way of contributing to the sport that has given me so much.”