It is easier to be on mat rather than facing camera: Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar has been busy shooting for different brands following his record successive medal-winning performance at the London Games, but the unassuming grappler says it is easy to be on the mat rather than facing a camera.

"I am adept at my art, but to face a camera was a bit difficult. It was very challenging to start with. But like I have mastered my trade, I am trying to cope with the camera also," Sushil said.

Asked if Sushil Kumar the brand has made him to think differently, the modest-to-the-core wrestler from Delhi replied in negative.

"I don't feel that should be a criteria to behave differently. I believe I am one among the family so there is no question of thinking that way," said Sushil, as he emerged

out of the field after having a tough football match against his friend Yogeshwar Dutt and company at the Chhatrasal Stadium.

The 29-year-old, who became the first Indian athlete to win back-to-back medals in the Olympics, after clinching a silver at the recently-concluded London Games, said that he has worked hard to get his share of endorsements.

"A lot of effort has gone to reach to this stage. It has been a very strenuous journey. I don't think there is anything wrong in this as long as you are focussed on your goal," said Sushil, even as he failed to conceal the pain of losing out on the opportunity to win a gold at the Games.

"There are still some years of wrestling left in me and my next aim would be 2016 Olympics. I would definitely wish to give my 100 per cent there," he insisted.

Sushil lost 1-3 to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan in the finals of the 66kg freestyle category after reportedly suffering from acute dehydration.

Asked if the wrestlers need to guard against complacency, after their boxing peers drew a blank in London after finishing on a high in the previous Olympics in Beijing,

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