Star wrestler Bajrang Punia reveals why coach broke up with Shako Bentinidis

India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia has decided to part ways with Georgia coach Shako Bentinidis and may take the services of Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Andrei Stadnik. Under Bentinidis’ guidance, Bajrang won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, gold at the 2018 Asian Games and a bronze at the 2019 World Championships. His weak leg defense, however, did not improve much.

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Bajrang said, ‘I am looking for a new coach for the new Olympic cycle. There is no shortage of shakes. I learned a lot from him but with a new coach we can get better results. Sources in the Wrestling Federation of India said that Bajrang was not happy with Bentinidis’ methods. “We have learned that Shako did not pay close attention to him when he suffered an injury in Russia ahead of the Tokyo Olympics,” the source said. This change was expected.

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Stadnik is the husband of four-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion Maria. Bajrang is understood to have approached him and he too has shown interest. The source said, “Andrei is contesting for the Ukrainian federation. If he wins, it will be difficult for him to become Bajrang’s coach. lets see.’ The federation is also likely to drop Russian coach Kamal Malikov, who is the coach of Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Ravi Dahiya.


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