Three-time World championships medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia is eagerly waiting to welcome his personal coach Shako Bentinidis to chart his course of action leading up to the Olympics.

Georgian Bentinidis, who got himself into a special flight, returned to India on Thursday night following a pandemic-induced break. “Shako will undergo seven days of quarantine in Delhi and another seven days of quarantine in Vijayanagara before joining me at the Inspire Institute for Sport (IIS) campus for training,” Bajrang told Sportstar.

Bentinidis has been overseeing the training of Bajrang and Jitender Kumar (74kg) over video calls.

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Bajrang, who won an Olympic quota place in men’s freestyle 65kg class last year, said Bentinidis’ presence would help him. “Shako and I will sit down and discuss how to go about the training. We…

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