Pooja Dhanda Interview: ‘Made errors in opportune positions’, Olympics medal hopeful displays on loss in Ranking Series remaining

New Delhi: Indian wrestler Pooja Dhanda is taken into account a robust contender, who is predicted to go deep into the draw on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She confirmed her skills on the World Championships final yr when she grew to become the primary Indian feminine wrestler to win a medal (bronze) in six years and the fourth general. She had additionally gained a silver on the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

File picture of Pooja Dhanda. WFI

Most not too long ago, she gained silver on the Sassari Ranking Series event. She went down 5-Zero to Grace Jacob Bullen – who she had crushed on the Worlds for the bronze medal. Thereafter, she, together with different Indian wrestlers, skilled in Italy.

With essential interval forward of her that includes rating tournaments after which the all-important Olympics qualifier on the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in September, she talked in regards to the facets of her wrestling she’s been engaged on, the loss in Italy and plans for the rest of the season. Excerpts:

How would you price your efficiency in Italy? Where do you must enhance?

Pooja Dhanda: It was essential to win a medal in Italy within the Ranking Series. The goal was to win the gold medal however I ended up with the silver. In the ultimate I confronted the wrestler from Norway (Grace Jacob Bullen), who I had additionally confronted on the World Championship and crushed, so I used to be going with the hope of repeating that feat. But there have been errors made with reference to letting go of opportune positions. After that I attended the camp that was organised by United World Wrestling (UWW) the place I skilled with lots of the opponents who I had by no means confronted earlier than, had by no means seen them wrestle and practice and so they have been all there. It was a fantastic expertise and hope it helps me sooner or later.

What was completely different about going through Bullen this time and the way did it change?

PD: Wrestling is a sport the place issues change as per the scenario. If the scenario helps me, I capitalise on it and if it helps the opponent, then they take advantage of it. So issues go up and down. There’s nothing that modified in the previous couple of months; it was simply that she bought the possibilities this time to utilize her abilities. Beyond that there was no distinction.

What was the principle focus within the coaching camp?

PD: The essential focus there was for us was to work with companions. We have been there to keep up our stamina. There have been wrestlers from Canada, Sweden, Hungary and many others and lots of the wrestlers we had by no means competed in opposition to or skilled with, so it gave us the chance to work with lots of companions. There have been teams for males, ladies and Greco-Roman wrestlers and as per schedule we noticed them, realized from seeing them practice and that was our level of focus.

What are your ideas on Wrestling Federation of India making it obligatory for wrestlers to take written permission to coach outdoors India when there’s a nationwide camp happening?

PD: Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is attempting its greatest to help us. If we need to practice outdoors India and now we have the chance, we are able to ask the federation. It will not be that these items is not going to be allowed to us anymore. Where federation sees that there’s advantage in sending an athlete out, they are going to be despatched for it. Even earlier we used to go together with permission of the federation. It was by no means the case that we’d make our plan and head outdoors with out the approval of the federation. Now it’s simply that the permission is to taken in a written type.

What facets of your recreation are you engaged on with the brand new coach (Fanel Carp)? You had talked about defending is something you need to improve on

PD: The weaknesses in my recreation are seen by the coach and lots of them even I’ve began to know and observe. If you attain this stage, the place you make a mistake. Be it the bottom defence or standing defence, if it’s a constructive ability, we have to work on making it higher. At the identical time, it’s also essential to enhance on abilities which might be weak. The coach will not be right here in the meanwhile and we have not labored collectively for lengthy both. The plan is to be taught as a lot from him when he will get again. Most of the corrections are identified throughout coaching as a result of in wrestling, the issues are small however vital – it might resolve the result of a bout. If he observes one thing which must be modified or added, he tells us there after which.

What do it’s important to say on being really helpful for the Arjuna Award?

PD: If I get the Arjuna Award, it could be a proud second for me as a result of it’s a dream for any sportsperson. It is motivational for an athlete as effectively since you are being acknowledged by the federal government, by the nation to your excellent sports activities qualities.


Dhanda’s subsequent event will probably be a pleasant in Spain and will probably be adopted by a coaching camp. Her subsequent aggressive event will probably be at Istanbul, Turkey beginning 11 July.

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