GTC 2022 | Bronze medalist judoka Vijay Kumar Yadav says facilities abroad are better than in India

India’s Vijay Kumar Yadav beat Cypriot Petros Christodoulides in the men’s 60kg event to win the bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday (August 1).

Indian judoka Vijay Kumar Yadav in action during the CWG bronze medal match. (Courtesy of Reuters)

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  • Vijay Kumar Yadav beat Petros Christodoulides in the men’s 60kg event
  • Vijay Kumar Yadav said he will rectify his mistakes in the future
  • Vijay said his performance at CWG was not as good as he wanted

Indian judoka Vijay Kumar Yadav said judo facilities are better abroad than in India.

Vijay beat Petros Christodoulides of Cyprus in the men’s 60kg event to win the bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday August 1.

“We (judo players) need more visibility. When we are in India our performance goes down, but if we go abroad the performance goes up. The training partner and their system there- stockings are very good,” Vijay told India Today.

Vijay, 26, also expressed his disappointment at not being able to win the gold medal. While reflecting on his performance, he said, “It wasn’t that good, but it’s okay. I came here thinking I’ll win gold for India, but it couldn’t happen at all. because of some weaknesses. I will try to rectify this in the future.”

Vijay reached the bronze medal match after a ‘Waza Ari’ win over Dylon Munro of Scotland. A ‘waza-ari’ is awarded after a player has thrown his opponent with control and precision, but not to the extent of an ippon.

The Indian judoka also thanked the Sports Authority of India for their attention to the sport. Vijay further stated that despite facing many hardships in life, he found no excuses and continued to work hard.

“There were a lot of struggles in life but I gave no excuses. I kept working hard and today I am here. I didn’t think I didn’t have this or that. My family and my coach supported me.”

Vijay won the Commonwealth Championships in 2018 and 2019. He also picked up the bronze medal at the Asian Open in Hong Kong in 2019.

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