Little 'Sher-e-Punjabs' in the making

Young wrestlers in Gujranwala dream about mastering the sport of Pehlwani, winning Olympics gold medal.


Web Desk July 18, 2012

While most of the children like playing cricket or football in their leisure time, there are few young wrestlers in Gujranwala who dream about mastering the sport of Pehlwani and eventually bringing home an Olympics gold medal.

Trained by Shahid Babar Pehlwan, these young sportsmen practice wrestling daily just like their fathers and other elders.

A famous sport in Punjab, Pehlwani is a local form of wrestling played in many western countries.

Known as the Sher-e-Punjab, the trainer himself has participated in many international events and has high hopes for all the little pehlwans he has been training.

However, Babar thinks these pehlwans in the making cannot do much without government support and has urged it to ensure their training abroad.

COMMENTS (5)

kumail | 9 years ago | Reply

This will never be an OLYMPICS sport. I guess it is better if we utilise the talent for other sports. The main reason why we lack in Olympics is because of the mindset. We never think of starting a career for our children at age of six. If we have brought a change then its better if these youngsters can get involved in others sports also.

Zalmai | 9 years ago | Reply

Malnourished Pehlwans are no match for wrestlers from Iran, Turkey and the west.

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