T HEY remain in the shadows of their freestyle counterparts even though Greco- Roman wrestling has consistently fetched medals for the country at world meets in the last few years.
It is after 12 years that India will have representation in the Greco- Roman category at the Olympics.
The last Greco- Roman Indian wrestler to have competed at the Olympics was Mausam Khatri at 2004 Athens Olympics.
The Greco- Roman style is very popular in Europe and Sandeep feels it needs to be encouraged in India so that more youngsters take to the format.
In Europe, there is a big craze about Greco- Roman wrestling.
In Europe, there are many prize money competitions for Greco- Roman wrestlers," he informed.
He had given up hope and told me there is no point competing in Greco- Roman as we do not have any standing at the international level.
On Sunday, he kept his promise and made history as he became the first Indian Greco- Roman wrestler to win a medal at the Worlds.