Betis in the Dangal: Training future master muscle flexers

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Lucknow: For many West U.P. remains the Wild Wild West in the Hindi heartland but a different kind of revolution is brewing here with women empowerment of a different kind.  In today’s era, women along with men have made a place in wrestling. Amardeep Singh, a resident of village Garhi, Nauabad has prepared a new wrestling arena clearing out all restrictions and teaching the daughters of his region the art of muscle flexing.

The village is about 12 km from the town of Garhi Nauabad. The village is located on the link road between Mohammadpur-Hussainpur village and not on any main road. Amandeep Singh, a resident of this village, tried his hand at wrestling after studying, and Chandgiram was his mentor at that time. Wrestler Chandgiram also wanted to increase women’s participation in wrestling, for which he worked throughout his life. Singh came to his village to set up the Sports Academy to promote sports in the region. Since the year 2005, he has been working to promote various sports like half marathon, wrestling, kabaddi, volleyball etc. in the region. He has organized more than 10 national level competitions. He established the first and only women’s wrestling academy of western Uttar Pradesh over three years ago in the village itself. He provided free training to the girls for women’s wrestling. Initially there were hurdles but despite this, in the last two years, many girls have won medals at district and state levels.

Amardeep Singh says that changes are now being seen in the society, people who did not like to send girls to wrestling earlier. They have now started sending daughters to wrestling.

In 2019, his student Priyanka participated in the national wrestling competition winning a gold medal at the state level in the 57 kg weight category. Similarly there have been the likes of Anjali, Pooja and Mansi who received medals at the state level. Many have proven themselves in kabaddi, volleyball, running and other athletics events.

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