Bajrang Punia secured a win by fall in his quarterfinal bout against Iran's Morteza Ghiasi on Friday. However, the Indian grappler looked defensive in both his bouts and is yet to unlock his full potential at the Olympics. Shako Bentinidis, Bajrang's personal coach, was near the mat during the bout, screaming instructions on how to beat the Iranian. India's men's wrestling coach Jagmander Singh, too, was evidently unhappy with the way things were going. The two seemed to get into a small disagreement after the bout.
Watch: Shako Bentinidis and Jagmander Singh get into an argument after Bajrang's win.
Who is Jagmander Singh?
Jagmander Singh, the current national coach and a two-time Olympian, helped Sushil Kumar during his 2010 World Championship victory. One of the most respected coaches in India, he has played a vital role in the country's huge success in wrestling.
Who is Shako Bentinidis?
The Georgian is a three-time Olympian and a former European champion. Shako, who has a special relationship with Bajrang, has helped him improve his technique to become a better wrestler. Bajrang has posted multiple videos of their pre-Olympic training in Russia on his social media.
When is Bajrang Punia's next bout?
Bajrang Punia will be up against Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the semi-finals of the 65 kg freestyle category. The bout is scheduled for August 6 at 2:55 PM IST.
Where to watch Bajrang Punia's next bout?
Sony Sports network holds the official broadcasting rights for the Olympics in India. The Games will be telecast on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Six. Live streams of the events will be available on the Sony LIV app. Doordarshan will broadcast all the Indian events at Olympics 2021.