Rio Olympics 2016 : Sakshi Malik was a good steady wrestler and now India’s first family of women wrestlers.
She proved the old saying – “Where there is a will there is a way”. Her victory in just last 10 seconds has set an example to all. Sakshi Malik’s long hardwork finally worked out in Rio Olympics 2016 .
One of the few things she told herself — because cluttered minds rarely win medals — was that there was no pressure because if she lost, all hell wouldn’t break loose. “Yahan mujhse zyada bade-bade player haar gaye the. Toh ye nahin sochna tha ki haaregi toh kya ho jayega. Yeh socha, jeetungi toh kya ho jayega (Here, much better players have lost.
So, I did not think about what would happen if I lost, it was about what would happen if I won)?” Sakshi says, her big black button eyes lighting up after she’s settled from her medal celebrations.
It was this refreshing way of thinking that finally worked in her favour as she fought five bouts in the 58-kg freestyle category and came back from trailing margins in almost all, to win India its first bronze. India has now never lost a repechage bout — when the pressure is off, Indians go out freely and fight their best was the neatest conclusion from it all. “Even when I was trailing, I knew I would win,” she says.
“Mujhe party, shor-sharaba pasand nahin hai. Bheed mujhe kha jaati hai (I don’t like partying or too much noise. I get swallowed up in a crowd)… I want to run home, sit quietly, watch late-night TV, maybe some time on my phone,” she says.
Ask her if the Rio Olympics 2016 medal opens up doors for big police postings and high-status paraphernalia that Haryana’s sporting successes usually lead to, and she talks about going deeper into a happy shell. “Mujhe aisi job chahiye jahan shanti ho (I want a job in which there is peace),” she says. She’s worked hard for 12 years and wants a calm post-sporting life, though she is focussed on another go in Tokyo 2020.
“Shanti ki life,” she repeats. “I don’t like going out, sight-seeing, movies,” she says. Her idea of enjoyment is sitting at home — sleeping, perhaps, because wrestling drains and tires you out. Sakshi Malik sounds exactly like Saina Nehwal of 10 years ago. And now both have bronze.
Sakshi has called home, and the family is obviously crying in joy. “I told them, ‘I’m not emotional after winning a medal, why are you being emotional? Medal ki khushi manao (Celebrate the joy of a medal)’.”