Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins Silver medal in wrestling

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Ravi Kumar Dahiya lived up to expectations as one of India's top medal contenders at the Tokyo Olympics (Reuters Photo)

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins Silver medal in wrestling 

Ravi Kumar Dahiya on Thursday became the second Indian wrestler to win an Olympic silver medal. He lost the Men’s 57kg wrestling final to Zavur Uguev. With this India has won second silver and fifth medal overall at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Ravi Kumar also became the second Indian wrestler to win an Olympic silver, Susil Kumar won first Olympic silver in 2012 London Olympics. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the winner and tweeted, “Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a remarkable wrestler! His fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. Congratulations to him for winning the Silver Medal at Tokyo 2020. India takes great pride in his accomplishments.” The president of India, Shree Ramnaath Kovind took to twitter to congratulate Ravi on his win and wrote, “India is proud of Ravi Dahiya for winning Silver. You came back into bouts from very difficult situations & won them. Like a true champion, you demonstrated your inner strength too. Congratulations for exemplary wins & bringing glory to India.” 

Dahiya hails from Nahri village in Haryana’s Sonipat district.  He started training from a very young age of six in a village akhara. At 12, he started to train under coach Satpal at New Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium, a place that has given India two Olympics medallists in Sushil and Yogeshwar Dutt. 

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday congratulated wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya for winning silver at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Khattar also announced a reward of Rs 4 crore for the wrestler along with a Class I government job, as per the state’s policy. India have now won a total of 5 medals in the Tokyo Olympics. Out of five two are silver (Ravi Dahiya and Mirabai Chanu) and three bronze (PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and India Men’s Hockey Team).

(With Inputs from Agencies)