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Initiatives like Khelo will create Olympic winners: Sushil

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

India's only individual double Olympic medallist wrestler is convinced that initiatives like Khelo Youth Games have the potential to unearth and create medal winners on the international stage.

"Such events will give our young athletes the feeling and exposure of international events. This can only help find and mould talent that can shine at the top level," Sushil was quoted as saying in a

"Games like these create the atmosphere we find at top international events....will reap the benefits of providing such opportunities and facilities in the future, that is for sure," added the star grappler.

Asked if achievers like him were inspiration for the next generation, Sushil downplayed his image as a

"We all learnt from our seniors and I can only hope the young people here will do the same," he noted.

Sushil, who won bronze at the 2008 Beijing and went one better at four years later with silver, preferred not to talk of favourites for the Games, even though his home state topped the medal tally at last year's

"If India can spot talent here and groom that for the future from these Games, no matter from which state, it will benefit the country," he said.

On his own plans, Sushil said he was fit and was waiting to decide on his competition schedule once the international programme calendar became clear.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:00 IST