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Meet 29-year-old Hetal Dave, India’s First and Only Female Sumo Wrestler

In a country obsessed with cricket and Bollywood celebrities, 29-year-old Hetal Dave is fighting not just anonymity but also with funding.

She participated in her very first sumo-wrestling match in 2008. She has since participated in Estonia, Taiwan and Poland representing India in global sumo competitions in two World Championships, one World Games and at the Asian Championships, where she ranks fifth in the women’s middleweight category at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan.

Even after standing at number five on the world charts, I still have issues finding sponsors, says Hetal, who holds the Yokozuna, the top-most rank for professional sumo wrestling. Since sumo wrestling is not recognised as an Olympic sport, the government does not know about it yet, she said, with an air of disappointment.


Source – Thishour.in

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