Dangal portrays wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s tough coaching strategies that pushed daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita and niece Vinesh to sporting stardom in wrestling. Dangal’s climax is around Mahavir being locked out as Geeta wins the gold at the 2010 national capital Commonwealth Games. Hence showing the chief national coach in a very negative role.
However, not like the reel character in Dangal, the $64000 chief national coach, PR Sondhi, was the one who invited Mahavir to the pre-CWG camp in Patiala. And solely banished him as a result of the fanatic father was providing coaching on the side. Which might have junction rectifier to injuries for his 2 girls, says Akhada, the book on the Mahavir Singh Phogat saga by hindustan Times journalist, Saurabh Duggal.
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Mahavir Phogat explains in the book: I wasn’t convinced with the intensity of the coaching the girls were undergoing at the camp. Hence, I made a decision to conduct further coaching before their morning session at the camp.
“I knew the girls weren’t pleased with double coaching. However one has got to burn the body within the chamber to attain something.”
Mahavir’s role in shaping the wrestling careers of his daughters and niece, unprecedented in rural Haryana, was respected by Sondhi. During the camp, he expressed a keen interest in learning some techniques and our coaching protocol. We had no drawback with that and wished to support his mission of empowering women to attain Olympic glory,” he says within the book.
Sondhi inspired parents to go to the camp. However Mahavir, who quickly shifted from Balali in Haryana. Which 250 km away from Patiala, with family to assist his daughters and guarantee home-cooked food, else coaching sessions of his own.
“Mahavir is an old-school thinker. For him, the more intense the sweat, the more strength you gain and therefore the level of strength ultimately determined how you probably did on the mat. But fashionable wrestling has evolved into a mix of technique and strength,” the book quotes Sondhi as expression.
“Finally, to prevent him from imposing his school of thought on his daughters. We determined to ban him for getting into the hall during the session and even created it a point to lock the hall later on. “While we salute Mahavir for what he has done for the sport and for the society. We could not let him run things his way for the good of the girls. That’s why he was banned from entering the camp. Fortunately, he didn’t resist our move and later even understood my point,” says Sondhi.
Mahavir switched tack and began putting his daughters through rigorous physical exercises before dawn. Geeta and Babita themselves looked for an escape route from the ‘torture’, change off their mobiles to stop their father from evocation them out of the camp hostel.
“One-and-a-half hours of physical exercise with our father amounts to plenty,” explains Geeta Phogat within the book.
“He would always get to the coaching grounds before us. Thus we might begin our sessions as shortly as we go there. We would feel drained at times. However we to still gave our 100 per cent at the camp so that our coaches wouldn’t provide us low scores. But, somehow, the coaches found out about our pre-training schedule and they began to discourage us from going.”
Mahavir Phogat acknowledges Sondhi’s contribution.
“Sondhi may be a sensible coach and that i had interacted with him range of times throughout the national camp for the 2010 CWG. I even have a decent relation with him.”
But Mahavir remains sad he was kept out of the Patiala camp. “That issue was totally different,” he says.