New Delhi: India's legendary wrestler Bajrang Punia has now parted ways with his coach Sheko Benatinidis. Bajrang was with Benatinidis for a long time. Distances had come between the two in recent times. Bajrang has taken this decision 9 months before the Olympics. Bajrang became the number 1 wrestler in the world under the coaching of Benatinidis, who hails from Georgia. According to the news published in a newspaper, Poonia has also started looking for a new coach. Cuba's Yandro Miguel Quintana has been auditioning to become Bajrang's coach for the past few days.
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Bajrang is one of the biggest contenders to win a medal in the Tokyo Olympics. Quintana won the gold in the 60 kg category at the 2004 Athens Olympics. However, his selection is not yet decided as Bajrang is showing more interest in Russian wrestler Soslan Romanov. Romanov won gold in the 65 kg weight category of the Rio Olympics. Distances came during the World Championship held in Noor Sultan between Poonia and Sheko Bentinidis. In this tournament, Gold Medal contender Bajrang had to be satisfied with a bronze medal. He lost in the semi-finals to Kazakhstan's Daulat Niyazbekov on the basis of a tie-breaker.
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