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With improved defence, Sakshi confident of CWG gold

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KOLKATA, March 22: A new defensive technique added to her repertoire, Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik is confident that she would fetch her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal when she takes the mat in Gold Coast next month.

The Rio bronze-winner has tweaked her leg defence on the insistence of her coach Kuldeep Singh Malik, something that has already got her a gold in the Commonwealth Championships in December last year.

Speaking to PTI, Sakshi, however, refused to go into the details of the new technique that she has worked on.

�I can�t give the details of the techniques. But as I said, I�m looking for a gold medal and I am more confident now.�

In February this year, a controversial decision in the qualification bout against eventual silver-medallist Luo Xiaojuan of China cost Sakshi a place in the final of the Asian Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

�Life has changed completely (post-Rio). There�s more responsibility on me now � to win more and more medals for India. I hope CWG is the beginning, ahead of the Asian Games in Indonesia later this year and Tokyo Olympics 2020.�

�The target is to win a gold medal for the country in Australia. Preparation is going great and I�m giving my 100 per cent, training twice a day,� Sakshi told PTI from SAI Centre in Lucknow.

According to her coach Kuldeep Singh Malik, her leg defence has improved and that will help her hold and attack.

�It�s a work in progress till we achieve 100 per cent. It certainly makes a difference not only in defence but in the speed,� the coach said. � PTI

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With improved defence, Sakshi confident of CWG gold

KOLKATA, March 22: A new defensive technique added to her repertoire, Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik is confident that she would fetch her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal when she takes the mat in Gold Coast next month.

The Rio bronze-winner has tweaked her leg defence on the insistence of her coach Kuldeep Singh Malik, something that has already got her a gold in the Commonwealth Championships in December last year.

Speaking to PTI, Sakshi, however, refused to go into the details of the new technique that she has worked on.

�I can�t give the details of the techniques. But as I said, I�m looking for a gold medal and I am more confident now.�

In February this year, a controversial decision in the qualification bout against eventual silver-medallist Luo Xiaojuan of China cost Sakshi a place in the final of the Asian Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

�Life has changed completely (post-Rio). There�s more responsibility on me now � to win more and more medals for India. I hope CWG is the beginning, ahead of the Asian Games in Indonesia later this year and Tokyo Olympics 2020.�

�The target is to win a gold medal for the country in Australia. Preparation is going great and I�m giving my 100 per cent, training twice a day,� Sakshi told PTI from SAI Centre in Lucknow.

According to her coach Kuldeep Singh Malik, her leg defence has improved and that will help her hold and attack.

�It�s a work in progress till we achieve 100 per cent. It certainly makes a difference not only in defence but in the speed,� the coach said. � PTI

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