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Wrestling in India

Country India
Governing body Wrestling Federation of India
National team India
International competitions
Olympics: Silver: Sushil Kumar in 2012 Bronze: Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav in 1952, Sushil Kumar in 2008

Considered as one of the most ancient and oldest sports in the world, wrestling in India has a glorious past. Wrestling has been a popular sport in India since ancient times.

History

Wrestling is counted amongst the most prestigious and oldest events in the Olympic Games, as it was included in the Olympics in 708 BC. In the ancient times, wrestling in India was mainly used as a wonderful way to stay physically fit. The wrestlers, traditionally, use to wear a loincloth, langota. It was also used as a great way of military exercise without any weapons.

Wrestling in India is also known as dangal, and it is the basic form of a wrestling tournament. Wrestling in India is most famously known as Malla-Yuddha. There are also mentions of wrestling in the ancient times. These can be found in the great epic of Indian history. Mahabharata has a huge mention about the game of wrestling in India.

The 13th century Malla Purana has the reference of a group of Gujarati Brahmin wrestlers known as Jyesthimallas.

Hindu Mythology

One of the premier characters in Mahabharata, Bhima was considered to be a great wrestler of the time, and some of the other great wrestlers included Jarasandha, Duryodhan, Karna etc. In the other Indian epic, Ramayana also mentions about wrestling in India and Hanuman is described as one of the greatest wrestlers of his time.

See also

References

External links

  • Wrestling Federation of India


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