Bajrang Punia U-turn; Comes back to social media as Covid-19 crisis rages in India

The ace wrestler shunned social media in March to focus on the upcoming Olympics

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

Wrestler Bajrang Punia made a return to social media to help in the fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

He had renounced every social platform in March as he deemed it an unnecessary distraction that could deviate his focus from his preparations for the upcoming Tokyo 2020.

But on Tuesday morning he announced that he is getting back on to the public platforms to help fellow Indians who are struggling during the pandemic.

"I stopped using social media to focus on the Olympics. But I have to use it in view of the Corona crisis in our beloved country," he stated.

"Whatever I am, I am with the love and blessings of you people. If I don't help being a player, then it is of no use to be a sportsman. I am ready to help in every possible way in this crisis," Punia further added.

The grappler has also got himself vaccinated as a protective measure against the deadly virus.

He has been in fine form since returning to action after a long break due to Covid. He clinched gold in the Matteo Pelicone event in Rome, which was his first tournament after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

He competes in the 65-kg freestyle category and earned a quota for the Olympics in September 2019 after winning a bronze medal at the World Championship.

Earlier, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and even Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju spoke highly of him as they expect Punia to put up an impressive show at the Olympics.

"I am trying my best, but it is easier said than done. My focus is only on doing hard work and for that, I am focusing on my training. The first time it has happened that four wrestlers have qualified. So, WFI president is right in expecting the medals from us as in recent past wrestlers have performed brilliantly.

"And we are working hard to win a medal for the country, but it isn't that easy. It's not like that you go into the Olympics and the medal is assured, you have to work hard for it," Punia had quipped.

The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start on July 23.

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