Canada Freestyle Wrestlers Compete For Pride
Some children write their own destiny, whereas some live out the dreams of their parents. Canadian wrestler Arjan Bullar falls into the second category. The Men's Freestyle Wrestling at the 2012 Olympics is among the last events to be completed.
The event has been scheduled from today, Friday August 10 to Sunday August 12. The bouts are being held at the ExCel, which is the largest competition venue at the London 2012 Games. Apart from wrestling, it has hosted boxing, fencing, judo and weight lifting.
Canadians in Men's Freestyle Wrestling
Quite a few Canadian wrestlers will be competing in various weight categories on the 11th and 12th of August. They are not likely to add to the medals tally of Canada unless they pull of major upsets. But there are few events that Canada is participating in on these days and for avid Olympics followers back home the Men's Freestyle Wrestling will provide interest.
The 66kg category is scheduled for August 12 and Canadian wrestler Haislan Garcia is in the fray. In the Beijing Olympics he lost in the 1/8 round.
At Ladbrokes online Garcia has been given odds of 50/1. The favourite in this category is Mehdi Kermani with odds of 13/8. Khetag Pliev is the Canadian hope in the 96kg weight category. This event will also be held on August 12. Ladbrokes online gives Pliev odds of 33/1 as against odds of 5/4 for the favourite Abdusalam Gadisov.
The last Canadian wrestler is Arjan Bhullar in the 120kg category. This event will take place on August 11. Bhullar also has odds of 33/1 at Ladbrokes. The favourite for this event is Bilyal Makhov with odds of 11/4.
Arjan Bhullar Canadian Freestyle Wrestler
Bhullar was destined to become a wrestler long before he was born. His father, who had migrated from India to Vancouver in the early 1970s, was a wrestler himself. He dreamt of his future son achieving what he was not able to.
Bullar won laurels in football and basketball in his schooldays, but ultimately chose to focus on wrestling. He was being coached by his father in a gym built at home. Bhullar won medals in several provincial and national competitions, including the gold medal at the U21 National Championships. By this time Bhullar was training under the best coaches in Canada like the legendary Mike Jones of Simon Fraser University and the national team coach Dave McKay.
In his career, Bhullar has had his share of setbacks. The most distressing were the year away from wrestling on account of injury and failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. But now he is competing for his country in the London Olympics and this erases all disappointments.