images/articles/s5_nd_1.jpgArjan Bhullar is going to London Olympics this summer. He won the FILA Pan American Olympic Games, held in US last month. He went with team Canada to Florida for the tournament, and won his two matches. He won his first match against Venezuelan wrestler and the next one was with a Mexican wrestler.
He joined the other wrestlers from Canada who are going to the Olympics. Already four women wrestlers are qualified and five spots are earned by men. There are still two spots available to grab, the next chance will come in China on April 27-29 and in Finland will host a tournament from May 4-6.
Punjabi Sports did an exclusive interview with Arjan; he told us that he is very proud to qualify for London Olympics. He is preparing very hard for many years and won numerous awards, but to qualify for the big games is a great joy for him. He thinks he has achieved his goal to qualify, but now the next goal is to win an Olympic Gold medal. Only one wrestler from Canada have ever won a gold medal in the Olympics in wrestling is Daniel Igali, he won the medal in 2000 Sydney Australia. Now Arjan is focusing on the medal, he have the same coaches, same environment, he thinks he is in the right place at the right time. But he says that to win an Olympic gold is a big task. He has to put his best effort of his life in the competition. There are best of the best wrestlers from around the world, and Arjan believes that he have everything in place to beat anyone on this stage, instead everyone at this stage can win the gold medal. So, the competition is hard, the cream of wrestling community will be there, Arjan has his family, coaches, team mates and a whole community with will wishes around him.
“I will put my best performance on the mat, after commonwealth games gold, to qualify for Olympics was my biggest goal. Truthfully, its last year of competition, last four years since I didn’t make it to Beijing Olympics in 2008 and 25 years of my training, 25 years of life experience on the mat got me ready for that one moment. This was not only my win it’s everybody’s win who is helping me out, my family, my coaches and my team mates. Especially I want to thank my mom, she helped me a lot through tough times, and she always gets me through”.
Wrestling is a tough sport. If anyone wants to be a successful wrestler, everything has to be right. To go to a higher level you need Family support, peaceful household, physically, mentally and spiritually right, not only on the day you compete, but overall.
Many of his peers called and congratulate him and are feeling, that Arjan’s qualification to the Olympics makes easier for them too, they are looking up to him and he is feeling lucky to be that guy. He says anyone can do it; you just need to follow what you really want to do. He says that his family supported him, not forced him. And this is a very good point he raised, he advice parents, not to push their kids into what they want. Instead parents should allow their kids to follow their own dreams and be helpful to achieve their goals.
“Wrestling is the toughest sport. After wrestling life is easy”.
He is a proud Sikh, and is very happy to represent Sikh community on the world stage. He is competing on August 11th he has all his matches on the same day. He invites everyone to come to London to watch him wrestle and support him, if you can’t go to the games, watch it on television. Omni Television is making arrangements to broadcast the wrestling matches live on Television all across Canada, more information will be given in the coming weeks. Punjabi Sports Television, Punjabi Sports & Fitness Magazine and our whole staff wishes best of luck to Arjan for his road to Olympic Gold Medal.