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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Indian freestyle wrestler Bajrang Punia, who has won many accolades, has levelled up the respect for the country at international level. Punia is seen as a fitness role model by several aspiring sportspersons across the country.

It would be hard to believe that an Indian Army soldier has challenged this iconic wrestler over fitness goals. The soldier didn't say this! Rather, the wrestler getting inspired by the soldier has considered it as a challenge. 

Earlier on January 5, Punia shared a video of an Army man performing jaw-dropping stunts during his practice session. The entire video showed the soldier's potential in nailing different stunts and acrobatic skills as well as body balance.

The stunts performed by the soldier will leave anyone in awe.

Punia captioned the post: "I know our soldiers work a lot but this clip inspired me as well as challenged my fitness goal. I hope you guys also get motivation and respect more Indian Army."

Notably, the 'Meet the Champions' initiative is part of the government's 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' that was kicked off by Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra in December, last year and then taken ahead by bronze medalist Bajrang Punia and sailors Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy in the coming weeks.

During their visit, the Olympians share their own experiences, life lessons, tips on how to eat right and also give an overall inspirational boost to school children.

The 1994 born wrestler Bajrang had won a Bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a wide 8-0 margin. He is the only Indian wrestler who has won 3 medals at the World Wrestling Championships and is seen by many as a fitness icon. 

Punia won the bronze medal in the men's freestyle 65kg category after defeating Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan in the Tokyo Olympics. The wrestler seeded second in the event and had to face a 5-12 defeat to Azerbaijan's Haji Aliyev in the semi-finals. But in the bronze medal bout, Punia earned India's sixth medal in the mega event with an 8-0 victory despite suffering a knee injury weeks ahead of the Olympics.

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