Dronacharya award-winning coach Mahavir Prasad’s words turned out to be prophetic as wrestler Bajrang Punia defied a painful knee injury to win a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 65kg weight category in Tokyo 2020.

Prior to Bajrang’s bout, Mahavir had shared an interesting anecdote to underline that the injury might be a good omen for the ace wrestler ahead of the Olympics.

“Once (1961 World championships bronze medallist) Udey Chand had told me that a minor injury ahead of a major event should be considered a good sign for a wrestler. Sushil Kumar suffered a cut on one of his elbows (in a freak accident) ahead of the 2008 Olympics. I shared what Udey Chand told me with Sushil to boost his morale. Sushil returned with a bronze medal. Again, before the Asian championships in Delhi in 2010, he accidentally injured his toe but went on to win his maiden continental title. So,…

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