Wrestling isn’t just a sport where two people fight with each other, but it is a composition of strategy , strength, quickness and technique. Modern women also comprises the same traits and a 17 year old Divya Kakran proves this. Divya belongs to Salawa Village in Uttar Pradesh and this year, she has won a gold medal at the Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship in New Delhi wherein she defeated Mongolian Byambadorj Tsetsegbayar by 3-2 in the women’s 70 kg competition.
She physically competes with the male competitors and smashes down each one with her techniques and inner strength. She is strong and confident and breaks down the classical masculine hierarchy of the ‘Kushti’ and the Dangal. She takes part in dangals which is a traditional tournament where men fights with men and there is no participation of women in the entire competition, not even as the audiences. She is popular for challenging and defeating men. In her childhood, she was never allowed to enter and fight in Akharas, but as it is said talent can never be hidden.
Although Divya isn’t the first girl to wrestle in India, but as a junior wrestler, she has a plenty of success at her doorstep because of her determination to succeed. She has made an incredible reputation in the ‘Kushti’ world as she fights and beats every boy in the ring. She is moving forward in her sport with firm steps and powerful shoulders.
The wrestling is no longer a gender specified sport. She has already made her way in senior level too. She is an inspiration for all the female children in her village and in surroundings too.
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