I have no words to express my joy, says Satish Kumar, the first + 91 kg boxer in India to make an Olympic cut.
NEW DELHI: The first Indian super heavyweight boxer (+ 91 kg) to qualify for the Olympic Games veteran Satish Kumar On Monday he said that a secret strategy and good luck have made the last two years the best of his decade-long career.
Kumar is a Asian games bronze medalist (2014), silver winner of the Commonwealth Games (2018) and twice bronze winner in the Asian Championship (2015 and 2019). He qualified for his inaugural Olympic Games, in Tokyo at the end of this year, when he reached the semifinals of the current Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan ate Sunday night.
"This would be my first Olympic Games , I don't have words to express how happy I am. Add to this, I am the first Indian super heavyweight to qualify for an Olympics. Wow! That's quite something," Kumar told PTI in a telephonic interview from Amman.
I consider myself very lucky. Luck has been on my side for the past few years. He has played a very important role in the place where I am today, he added without disclosing the details of how fortune has favored him.
The 30-year-old man has been India's favorite man in the category, representing the country in large events almost exclusively for a decade.
I have worked so much for so many years, I have won medals here and there, but nothing compares to this. I am on the moon, said the man from Bulandhshahar in Uttar Pradesh.
The imposing boxer began his career in 2010 and has five national titles to his credit.
But the last two years have been by far the best of my career. There has not been a better phase, he said referring to the CWG and the Asian Championship medals.
I have been much faster, my posture is much better than it used to be and all this has given me better results. A lot of work has been done to improve me and I am grateful to the coaches for their analysis and support. he added.
When asked what exactly he had done to turn it around, Kumar responded with a laugh at first.
There are some strategies that can never be revealed to anyone. They are a secret. All I can say is that I have worked very, very hard to get here.
It is this hard work, which Kumar hopes will bring him the rewards in Tokyo and is not even thinking about the novel. Coronavirus threat that has uncontrolled international sports calendars.
I don't think the Olympic Games are affected. In any case, there are doctors to ensure that there is no problem, he said trying to avoid any elaborate answer to a question about the health crisis, which has led to more than 3,000 deaths and left more than one lakh infected worldwide.