Meet the women armwrestlers of India- women who train and dream to represent their country in armwrestling tournaments across the world. ()
The word armwrestling conjures up images of ripped testosterone-loaded men sweating it out in gyms all day. The last thing that comes to one’s mind are women one would meet in daily life- teachers, software engineers, college girls.
Meet the women armwrestlers of India- women who train and dream to represent their country in armwrestling tournaments across the world. They come from different walks of life but have one common goal, to be the strongest female armwrestler in India.
Bulldog Armwrestling, a company that promotes professional armwrestling is delighted to introduce three trailblazing women “pullers” of India.
Says Sneha Abraham Sehgal, Founder Bulldog Armwrestling, “At Bulldog Arwrestling we want to break the stereotypes that surround the sport of armwrestling in India. We believe that sports can empower women and move the nation towards a more inclusive society. Although armwrestling has been in India for almost 50 years, sadly the sport did not receive the recognition it deserved, due to several factors. This has begun to change since last year, when we partnered with Igor Mazurenko’s PAL (Professional Armwrestling League). Currently, we are witnessing a tremendous positive response towards armwrestling and we want women athletes to benefit from this growth too. Mamoni, Poornima and Niharika are some of the Indian women armwrestlers that we are promoting. Like them there are hundreds of women, who are passionate, dedicated and talented. I want them to get the support they need from government bodies, corporates or foundations that believe in the strength of a woman”.
Mamoni- Teacher in a village school
Mamoni is the reigning Champion of Champion (COC) of Bulldog-URPA ranking, the biggest professional armwrestling tournament in India. She started training to be an armwrestler with her brother in 2011 while she was still in college. She is a 5 times state champion and 4 times national champion. However, this village belle, has bigger dreams-to become a world champion. So everyday after she teaches children in a village school in Assam, she spends her evenings weight training and pulling on the table with the tube. What does her family and other villagers think of her passion for armwrestling? Mamoni laughingly says “I am the only girl in my village who is an armwrestler. But now I think I have inspired some of the young boys to be armwrestlers! They come and train with me!” Despite being from a small village, Mamoni is proud of her small community who gave her the support and motivated her to get stronger. “My parents, family, friends and village members are proud of my achievements and always give me public recognition. This means a lot to me, especially when I struggle financially to invest into the sport. I am so glad that Bulldog Armwrestling and PAL will now help me in pursuing my dream to be a world champion armwrestler.”
Poornima- Techie in Dilli
Poornima is a state champion and winner of the Bulldog-URPA in her category.