Sports psychologist should be attached to teams, feels wrestler Anshu Malik


NEW DELHI: Young Indian wrestler  Anshu Malik suggested that a sports psychologist should be attached with the team to help them overcome nerves at big stage like the Olympics.

When asked what is it that she feels is needed in terms of support, the 19-year-old from Nidani mentioned services of a psychologist.


“There are a lot of facilities now, compared to past but sometimes you get nervous like Olympics is a big stage. If someone can interact with us, like a psychologist, that will be better,” Anshu, who is rising fast from the junior ranks, said.

Listening to this, WFI President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh admitted that the Indian team needs to have two psychologists travelling with them all the time.

Bajrang Punia, who won a bronze in the 65kg category, was asked what goes thorough the mind of the wrestlers when they trail in a about and don’t have much time left to recover.


“We have only a split second second to decide which move we need to make. There is no time to look at the scoreboard. All we need is to execute the moves that we have practised during the training,” he said.

Ravi Dahiya echoed the same, saying, “there is a certain mindset with which we go on the mat. We are just focussed on executing the strategy, nothing else.”

Talking about injuries and rehabilitation, Vinesh said it is important to stay “calm and patient”.


“You need to stay away from negative thoughts. The fear of injury resurfacing remains in mind and you have to surround yourself with positive people. Self belief is paramount.”

The WFI boss urged Tata Motors officials to consider developing a facility around Delhi for managing injuries of the wrestlers.


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