If you aren’t aware of Kavita Devi is, it’s high time you need to know.
In the male-dominated sport that fights continues to be, India’s first WWE women wrestler Kavita who is making it big.
Earlier this year, the recent competitive powerlifter from the Haryana state became the first Indian woman to compete in the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). The South Asian Games gold medal champion was selected to fight in the Mae Young Classic, which is the first ever World Wrestling Entertainment tournament for women.
And now, a video of the wrestler fighting in a salwar-kurta has gone viral.
Kavita is seen in an orange salwar-kurta costume with a dupatta tied around her waist as she fights her opponent, New Zealand’s Dakota Kai, at the Mae Young Classic tournament.
And while Kavita did not win the match, compliments have been pouring in for her from far & wide for putting up a great fight.
In an interview to Sports Keeda recently, Kavita addressed, among other things, about wanting to encourage more Indian women to take up wrestling.
“I think it’s possible. If you saw me wrestle, I wrestled in traditional Indian attire. Representing Indian culture is very important. My very objective of going there was to pave the path for other Indian girls to go to WWE and ensure that they don’t face any obstacles along the way. I wanted to show Indian girls that you do not need the kind of ring gear worn by international performers, to compete at such a level,” she said.
While her comments might appear ‘moralistic’, what she’s relating to is actually a practical solution. Several girls are asked to stay away from sports in India because their families are not comfortable with them wearing the attire that’s regularly worn by international players. Particularly if the sport is considered to be a “manly” one like wrestling.
“I competed at a very high level, in our traditional dress. Girls have been very inspired by my performance. In the coming months, you’ll see that girls are lining up to join the CWE Academy in Jalandhar (a city in India’s Punjab state). The more people it reaches, the more girls will be impressed and want to travel down this road and make their own mark,” she replied.