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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)

Wrestler Neha to take on male opponent at Jammu ‘dangal’

Wrestler Neha to take on male opponent at Jammu ‘dangal’
Neha Tomar

Vikas Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu, April 20

For the first time in the history of wresting events being held in J&K, a woman wrestler Neha Tomar of Uttarakhand will fight a male opponent in the upcoming 2nd Jhiri Kesari Indian Style Dangal-2017 to be held at Devsthan Jhiri on the outskirts of the city on April 23.

She will challenge the opponent in the 68-kg weight category.

While briefing the media today, Shiv Kumar Sharma, president of the J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association, said a total of 62 wrestlers, including 47 men and 15 women, drawn from different states would vie for top honours in the historic event, which is being organised by the association in collaboration with the Jhiri Dangal Committee.

“I have watched Neha Tomar’s bout with a male wrestler in October 2016 on TV during the Dasehra celebrations in Dehradun. From there on, I got an idea to take such an initiative in J&K too, where wrestling events are quite popular,” Sharma said.

“Bollywood blockbuster Aamir Khan starrer “Dangal” has really done a commendable job in bringing the much-needed revolution in the wresting world,” he added.

Of the total 62 wrestlers, there will be seven men from Delhi, eight men and two women from Haryana, nine men and six women from Punjab, five men from Chandigarh, two women from Uttarakhand while 18 men and five women wrestlers from J&K.

The first prize for winner will get Rs 1.5 lakh while the runner-up will pocket a sum of Rs 1 lakh.

National and international personalities are expected to witness the event. These include Sohan Singh, Ashok Kumar (Arjuna awardee), Kulwinder Singh, Gurpreet Kour, Mulkh Raj and Joginder Kumar.

A born fighter 

Twenty-year-old Neha Tomar, hailing from Uttarakhand, loves to take on male wrestlers. She took to wrestling at the age of 11 years and since then there was no looking back.

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