However the younger gun from Madina Village in Haryana’s Sonepat district has proved that the chance was value taking.
It didn’t take the 19-year-old lengthy to earn a repute of being a slayer of Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik as Sonam has made the 62kg class her personal and is now gearing as much as compete on the largest sporting stage the Olympics.
It began when Sonam’s coach Ajmer Malik and her mother and father started to persuade the nationwide federation that the two-time World Cadet champion was prepared for a plunge on the senior stage.
It’s uncommon that somebody who has not had the publicity even on the junior stage, is claimed to be prepared for the competitors on the highest stage.
After a lot persuasion all through the 2019, the WFI allowed Sonam to compete in trials for the Rome Rating sequence occasion in January 2020.
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“After the trials had been over and Sonam had earned berth within the Indian group with a win over Sakshi Malik, Neta ji (WFI President BB Sharan) mentioned, ‘it will have been an enormous mistake if we had not agreed on Sonam’s look within the trials’,” Sonam’s coach Ajmer advised PTI.
“The WFI and lots of others had argued that she would get injured since she lacks expertise. They mentioned we might jeopardise her profession by doing this, however we stored cajoling the federation.”
The rationale behind such assurance and confidence was Sonam’s distinctive present on the native ‘Dangals’, the place she was taken for mere evaluation however got here out triumphant whereas competing in open class in opposition to massive names.
Whether or not it was Ritu Malik, Sarita Mor or Nisha or Sudesh, Sonam didn’t look after reputations. She competed fiercely in opposition to the large names in Indian ladies wrestling.
“We simply needed to evaluate the place she was in opposition to these ladies however she stored pulling off massive performances,” mentioned Ajmer.
The Delhi Dangal in 2018 gained her a scooter and a prize purse of Rs one lakh and 10 thousand. Total she gained Bharat Kesri title 5 instances.
The urge to make a reputation and earn fame was at all times there in Sonam’s thoughts from the time she was simply 10 years outdated.
“In 2012, we watched Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt wrestle within the Olympics after a coaching session on this academy. Once I noticed them on TV, I additionally made a promise to myself that in the future I may also be on TV and other people will watch my bouts,” Sonam recollects a type of days at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Sports activities Academy in Madina.
“I needed to win medals, these belts and see the Indian flag going up on the medal ceremony.”
Her brother Mohit, who additionally pursued sport for a while earlier than a shoulder damage ended his dream, mentioned, Sonam was tough and hard and fearless however very obedient on the similar time since her childhood .
“If the coach says it’s a must to run 5 kms, she would do it with out complaining. We’d usually misinform our coach that we’ve got accomplished the run however she would by no means declare until she has performed it,” mentioned Mohit.
“She cherished competing in opposition to the large boys. I by no means noticed worry in her thoughts. Even when she misplaced to them, she was by no means ruffled. ”
To this, Sonam says, “It was extra enjoyable beating these sturdy boys. To wrestle in opposition to ladies was additionally good however competing in opposition to boys was at all times a great take a look at for me.”
When she will not be sparring on the mat, she is doing her second most favorite factor, discussing wrestling.
A household which eats, breathes and talks solely wrestling, it’s no shock that Sonam actually lives the game.
She doesn’t have a lot curiosity in anything.
Coach Ajmer would vouch for her sincerity.
“We’ve to inform her each time that it is time to cease coaching. In the future I advised everybody that each one guys must do 350 sit-ups. After they had been performed, I mentioned it’s a must to do 150 extra. Whereas the others had been harried, Sonam quietly began doing and accomplished the duty.”
“She wouldn’t by no means complain about exhausting work.”
It’s this sheer dedication from the place Sonam attracts her stamina and power which is seen in her bouts.
Regardless of what number of factors she is trailing by what number of factors, she is going to catch her opponents by the tip of the second interval.
That is precisely what occurred when she was up in opposition to Sakshi in her first ever bout in January 2020. She was trailing 4-6 after which 6-10 however in dying moments, Sonam pulled off a four-pointer to shock her fancied rival.
Not a couple of times, Sonam beat Sakshi 4 instances in a row.
“I noticed her for the primary time in 2017. It was a dream to wrestle in opposition to her, My coach advised me, I had nothing to lose and all the things to realize. I do not know the way I did it however I simply gave my all,” she mentioned.
In two month’ time when Sonam will take the mat once more as a 19-year-old on the Tokyo Olympics, she would don’t have anything to lose and all the things to realize.