IAF coach Jitender Yadav takes charge of Indian women’s wrestling team

Jitender Yadav
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Indian Air Force coach Jitender Yadav, who has previously worked with star grapplers such as Sakshi Malik, Pooja Dhanda, and Ritu Phogat with three Pro Wrestling League (PWL) teams and also had international stints with junior contingents in the past, has taken charge of the Indian women’s wrestling team, succeeding Kuldeep Malik as the new chief coach.

Jitender Yadav has proposed both solo and group training drills and also wants his team to focus on discipline, which he believes was lacking within the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympic Games last year.

“I have worked with Sakshi Malik, Pooja Dhanda and Ritu Phogat at the PWL. I know how to work with prominent wrestlers. They will undergo individual and group training as per their need,” Yadav said in an interview with Sportstar“One of the main reasons why we did not do well in the (Tokyo) Olympics was (the lack of) discipline. If there is discipline, performance will come.” 

Yadav is also inclined towards having the United States, China or Japan as overseas camp locations for the Indian contingent, as he claims the benefit will be more since those countries have a rich pedigree in women’s wrestling.

“Suppose if we camp in the USA, China, or Japan, where women’s wrestling is better, we can gain from that experience,” he went on, “What’s the use of going to a country where the standard is not so good? I have already had a word on this with the federation top brass.”

“I can read the body language of a referee and know why he has given a particular decision. A coach should be prompt to seek a video referral to either get a deserving point or give some rest to his wrestler (as a tactical move),” Yadav added.


  • Indian Air Force wrestling coach Jitender Yadav has been appointed as the chief coach of the Indian women’s wrestling team, replacing Kuldeep Malik
  • Yadav has previously worked with Sakshi Malik, Pooja Dhanda and Ritu Phogat at the PWL and wants to focus on discipline

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