After the success of the Beijing Olympics, Sushil was advised to retire
#Cosmoread: In a country where an Olympic medal is a rarity and a distance dream is to win two in a row, India’s lone double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar has revealed that he achieved his bronze medal after the ‘bow out on a high, “the 2008 Beijing Games was advised.
‘My Olympic journey in a book titled, Sushil remembered that despite the suggestions of calling it quits after the Beijing Olympics, he chose to stay on as he felt that “this is the beginning, not the end” , and finally managed to better color medal four years later in 2012 in the London Games.
“I India (after the Beijing Games) and returned to the well-wishers told me to bow out and retire on a high. I was flabbergasted. After all these years, I finally knew what it Olympics having won and what was needed to achieve this goal. It is only that I have such a rival, Olympic bronze, hold various techniques and strategies for different fights as the nuances of wrestling, after winning was understood did. This is the beginning, not the end.
“I played with even more rigor and passion began to build, and the results soon followed,” Sushil revealed in a book. 33-year-old famous wrestler said he initially did not understand the magnitude of the Olympic medal when he won for the first time in Beijing.
“I obviously I just did not understand the magnitude of what was achieved. I do not know by then a 52-year jinx on Indian wrestling was finished with my medal. But the true worth of medals realized was when I came home, “he said.