‘My World Police Games gold medal motivate other athletes in police department’

India wrestler Narsingh Yadav, 33, is delighted to win his first gold medal at the World Police Games (WPG) at Winnipeg in Canada recently. Narsingh beat United States’ Devin Patterson 8-4 in the 79 kg freestyle category title clash.  

“To win a gold medal at the World Police Games is a big achievement because I was playing in this competition for the first time. It was really tough and I am delighted that I won gold for my police department. I hope this triumph will motivate other athletes in the police department to excel further,” Narsingh told mid-day.com.

Narsingh, who won a bronze at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 and a gold medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, revealed how he overcame a USA wrestler in the WPG final. “Patterson is a strong athlete and it was a tough clash. I kept my patience and focused on my technique, which ultimately helped me emerge as the winner,” Narsingh, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, remarked.

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When asked about his ambition to compete in the 2024 Olympics, he said: “I am working hard on my game. I am hopeful of qualifying for the Paris Olympics. Now, I am preparing for the next Senior National Championships [date and venue yet to be announced].”

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