"If my injuries do not punish me and with a good competitive strategy plus my efforts, I will be ready for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games," said Lopez in an interview with a local television Thursday, reports Xinhua.
Lopez, also four-time world champion, admitted that in London 2012 he thought about retirement, but after winning the gold medal and returning to Havana, he discussed with his family and coaches and decided "to continue fighting."
His coach Pedro Val said he has begun the work with the Cuban wrestler.
"We have a certain training plan and we will accurately plan his competition strategy. If he does not get injured, I am sure he will have a leading position in Rio," said Val.
In Cuba, only two Greco-Roman wrestlers, Lopez and Filiberto Azcuy, have won Olympic gold medals.
Cuban wrestling has 19 Olympic medals, including seven gold, five silver and seven bronze.
--IANS (Posted on 06-09-2013)