Digital Desk, New Delhi. A total of 7 wrestlers, including 4 women and 3 men from India, have reached Tokyo to stake their claim for medals in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Let us know about our champions who have traveled from clay to mat-
To add the only remaining Olympic medal to his medal cabinet, Bajrang Punia will be competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Poonia, who started wrestling at the age of 7 got a lot of support from his father who was himself a wrestler.
Punia has made a mark in every tournament she has participated in and now this wrestler has every chance to make her dreams come true by winning an Olympic medal. Poonia is going to try her luck on the Olympic grounds for the first time.
The country is bound to have medal hopes from Vinesh Phogat, who belongs to the biggest wrestling family in India. Vinesh had to pull out of the Rio Olympics in 2016 due to a knee injury.
Mahavir Singh, father of wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat, also started teaching the virtues of wrestling to Vinesh. He also had to wrestle with boys because no other girl showed interest in wrestling at that time, despite so many difficulties, Vinesh never gave up. Vinesh had also reached the Olympic arena last time but due to a knee injury, she had to be out of the game. But this time Vinesh will try to wash away the stain of old failure.
When Anshu Malik was 12 years old and told her grandmother that she wanted to become a wrestler, her father Dharamveer was delighted that his daughter wanted to fulfill her father’s unfinished dream. In 2012, when Anshu insisted, his father started training him as a wrestler at Nidani Sports School, like younger brother Shubham. In six months, Dharamveer found that his “Chori (daughter)” was no less than any “Chhoron” (boy).
Seema Bisla, a wrestler who won the Tokyo Olympics quota, hails from Gudhan, a small village in Rohtak district of Haryana. As a child, when he entered the arena to learn wrestling, the villagers greeted him with taunts. He said to Seema’s father – it is not the work of girls to fight wrestling, the daughter was engaged in household chores. But Seema’s father, a former Kabaddi player, did not listen to anyone and asked the daughter to continue playing wrestling. The elder sister also supported Seema and kept her at her home in Rohtak and got her to practice and study. Seema also did not disappoint the father and sister. After winning several national level titles, Seema has now silenced critics by securing an Olympic quota.
Sonam hails from Sonepat, Haryana. He inherited wrestling. His father Rajender also used to wrestle. Sonam, who has been wrestling since the age of 12, had a tough time in her life when her nerves stopped working and she was paralyzed. Her coach had told that Sonam could not even move her hand and the doctors also did not see any hope. The doctors said that if she had luck, she would recover.
Sonam’s father was unable to afford the expensive treatment, despite inadequate treatment, Sonam tried hard to return to the Met and she also succeeded. In April 2021, Sonam became the youngest female wrestler from India to qualify for the Olympics and created history.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya
Ravi Kumar Dahiya comes from Nahari village of Sonipat district of Haryana. Ravi has taken training from Satpal Singh. Satpal Singh has also been the coach of Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar. Ravi’s father Rakesh Dahiya is a farmer who worked on rented paddy fields. For more than a decade, he used to go from Nahari to the stadium every day to deliver milk and fruits, which were part of Ravi’s wrestling diet.
India’s star wrestler Deepak Punia, who won silver in the World Championship 2019, comes from a very poor family. He started wrestling to get a job so that he could take care of the family. He is popularly known as Kettle Pehelwan. Actually the wrestler likes milk very much. The sarpanch handed him a kettle of milk. Poonia also swallowed the whole milk in one breath. Just since then this name has become his synonym.