Indian wrestler Babita Phogat prioritize winning an Olympic medal after clinching a silver medal at recently concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She faced the setback in the gold medal match, loosing to Diana Weicker of Canada 2-5 in women’s 53kg category.
This was her third medal at the CWG after a silver at Delhi 2010 and Gold at Glasgow 2014. However, the 28-year-old is yet striving to add an Olympic medal to her kitty.
“We started doing wrestling for Olympics. Winning an Olympic medal still remains my ultimate goal. It is yet to be achieved. Till the time we do not bag an Olympic medal, we will continue to work towards it,” Phogat told ANI.
Babita also Talked about her scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,”It feels good that Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about us and talks about our sport. It also boosts the confidence of the athletes. It’s the biggest thing when a Prime Minister takes interest in athletes or sports. I don’t think any of the previous Prime Ministers had taken so much interest in sports or had talked about any sport. And meeting the athletes is a far away thing. It feels really good when Prime Minister meets us, thinks about us or supports us,” she said.
Phogat also emulated on the overall performance of the Indian wrestlers at the Gold Coast. She said that all the women wrestlers who went to Gold Coast have won a medal for the country.
“Earlier, there was more focus on men’s wrestling. However, now women’s wrestlers are also coming forward. We have medals in Olympics and World Championships. Now, people have big hopes from wrestling. And it is for the first time that all the wrestlers who went at the Commonwealth Games brought the medal,” she said.
India bagged a total of 66 medals at Gold Coast CWG, which included 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze.