Latest Bollywood flicks inspire young girls to take up wrestling

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2017 10:57:36

By Ashish Rajput,

INCREASING craze of wrestling amongst girls is a good sign towards promotion of the game in the region. The girls are inspired post prestigious achievements of Indian women olympians and latest Bollywood movies ‘Sultan’ and ‘Dangal’.

Wrestling is the new form of traditional game ‘Kushti’ which is struggling for existence due to emergence of other sports that are over-glamorised.
Achievement of women wrestlers and inspirational movies based on success story of women wrestlers proved a big morale booster for girls and brought a ray of hope for desired promotion of Kushti in India.

First international gold medalist of Madhya Pradesh, Narendra Sharma popularly known as Ajju Pahalwan of Panchayati Akhara, who has won gold medal in Syria and Japan, has taken up the task to train the girls in wrestling. He is training around 8 to 10 girls at Yuva Bhawan in Sethi Nagar and is also providing them nutritious diet to increase their stamina and strength.

Narendra Sharma informed that after witnessing enthusiasm of girls towards wrestling, he started training them a month back with available resources at old wrestling centre. Along with technical training, he pays special attention on physical and intellectual growth of the girls. Expressing disappointment over current status of wrestling in Central India, Ajju Pahalwan reiterated his commitment to prepare women wrestlers and win medals in national and international competitions. Shalini Chakdravanshi (10), Sania Chandravanshi, Mahi Sonkar (8), Pavi Chandravanshi, Paridita Thakur (12) and others are being trained with great enthusiasm at Yuva Bhawan.
Sports Authority of India, Wrestling Coach, Bheem Singh, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that more than one dozen girls inspired by latest Bollywood flicks based on women wrestlers contacted him at the wrestling centre and showed inclination towards wrestling.

It is a good sign for promotion of women wrestling. Unfortunately, there are no girls wrestling centre in SAI Jabalpur and separate facility of changing room and other arrangements for girls at SAI centre. A budding girl wrestler Paridita Thakur (12) informed that she was inspired from her father for wrestling but achievements of Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Babita Kumari encouraged her to pursue career in wrestling and bring laurels to the country. Another trainee, Pavi Chandravanshi said that she never thought about practising wrestling but she was encouraged with success story of Geeta Phogat in ‘Dangal’. Thereafter, she was supported by former wrestler Narendra Sharma to start practice and achieve her goal of winning medals in wrestling.