Pro Wrestling League helped me to realize my Olympic dreams: Sakshi Malik

NEW DELHI: Bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics 2016, ace Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik credits the "exposure" provided by the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) for her success at the biggest stage.

"My journey to the Olympic medal happened due to the exposure that Pro Wrestling League gave me," Sakshi wrote in her column for The Times of India.

Sakshi, who plays for Delhi Sultans in the PWL, has her eyes firmly on improving her Olympic performance in Tokyo next year.

"After the PWL, I will be travelling to France and Bulgaria to plan and train for the Olympics. I am currently discussing with my Indian and foreign coaches on how to make my way for Tokyo 2020. Changing the color of the Olympic medal is on my mind and this rush will help us to reach the final stages of the league," she further wrote.

"In the fourth season of the Pro Wrestling League, Delhi Sultans are all set to make their maiden entry into the semifinals. We will be playing against the Haryana Hammers, who have reached the final in all seasons. Since the auction, I was pretty confident of making the semifinal as the team combination is the best across all seasons.

"Haryana Hammers are a strong and consistent team, but this time I expect that the bouts will be thrilling. Ravi Kumar and Pankaj have defeated some big names this season in the 57kg category," she concluded.