Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt has a simple solution to the problem of staying confined in the time of nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharing how his determination helped him stay isolated for six months in South Africa while recovering from a knee surgery, Dutt said the country’s collective willpower would beat the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The failure at the 2008 Beijing Olympics had made the wrestler hungrier for success. He had travelled to South Africa in 2009 for a surgery to fix his knee injury. The time required for recovery and rehab tested Dutt, who emerged as the winner to bag several medals in top level competitions including the 2012 London Olympics.

“I spent six months in recovery and rehab. I was almost alone. In those days, it was not easy to speak to one’s family over phone. I used to watch whatever Indian films came on television…

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