“Gold toh gold hota hain, chhora laayein ya chhori”, this dialogue from the very famous Bollywood movie ‘Dangal’ resonates aloud in the field of wrestling.

While the Phogat sisters practice hard breaking the barriers, they not only win medals for the country but also envelope strings of hope and dreams for budding wrestlers.

With the touch of Bollywood — Dangal and Sultan — wrestling looks more enchanting in today’s times, celebrating Phogat sisters as the idols. Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik is undoubtedly the trendsetter for many new entrants.

In the isolated land of sand and ‘kushti’, Manju Kumari is another ‘new entrant’ who wakes up before daybreak, practices in the dark and strives hard towards the path of securing an Olympic medal in the field of wrestling.

The daily ritual of hard work and sweat is no less than the practice regime of Olympic medallists. But, Manju’s glory is still untouched by the hall of fame of wrestling and remains unsung in the ‘akhadas’.

The 19-year-old who started wrestling at the age of 15, wrestles in the 58kg weight category. This woman of mettle secured her first gold medal in 2012 at the National Championships and bagged another gold in the year 2013 at the Cadet National Championship. Glory then kept personifying her mirror reflection in the ‘akhadas’ and medals continued to fall in her kitty.

Manju Kumari eyed a spot in the second season of Pro Wrestling League 2017 and successfully secured herself a place in the Punjab team. Bought by the team at a whopping amount of Rs. 20,50,000 the young wrestler fought hard for the team as they emerged the winners of Pro Wrestling League, Season 2.

This nascent star stormed the stage by fighting with international and national Olympians and World Champions and credits PWL for her success and international exposure.

First Published | 24 February 2017 8:44 PM
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