Tokyo: Wrestler Ravi Dahiya may not have won a gold medal for India at the Olympics, but he has become the second Indian wrestler to win a silver medal in wrestling at the Olympics. At the Tokyo Olympics, he lost in the men’s freestyle 57 kg final. However, his path to the podium has been extremely rough and tough.
Tokyo Olympics: Ravi Dahiya, second Indian wrestler to win silver
Maneuvers learned in Chhatrasal Stadium
Ravi Dahiya, just 23 years old, is very calm and shy by nature. His father Rakesh Kumar sent him to Chhatrasal Stadium at the age of 12. Since then he has been training under the guidance of Mahabali Satpal and coach Virendra. This is Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi where India has already won two Olympic medals. Sushil Kumar won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. While Yogeshwar Dutt has also won bronze medal.
mother cried while talking
No one’s mood remains the same in case of victory or defeat. This is the specialty of Ravi. He did not jump with joy after winning the semi-finals, while there was no pain on his face after the defeat in the final. However, his mother became emotional. “I haven’t spoken to him for more than a month,” he told a TV channel. As she said this, the pain was clearly visible on her face. Tears welled up in his eyes.
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Wrestler made from father’s struggle
Ravi Dahiya’s father never let his troubles hinder his son’s training. He himself used to take milk and butter to Chhatrasal Stadium which was 60 km away from his house. He would get up at 3.30 in the morning and walk five km to reach the nearest railway station. Get off the train at Azadpur and walk two km to reach Chhatrasal Stadium. Then he would go home and work in the field. This went on for 12 years. However, the son has made the father’s hard work worthwhile by winning the silver medal in the Olympics.
Ravi is the third Olympian of his village
Only 23-year-old Ravi is a resident of Nahari village in Haryana’s Sonipat district. It is the same village that has given the nation Olympians like Mahavir Singh (Moscow Olympics 1980 and Los Angeles Olympics 1984) and Amit Dahiya (London Olympics 2012). This village with a population of 15,000 does not even have adequate drinking water facilities. There is also the problem of electricity. Health facilities are also inadequate.