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‘The Great Khali’ descends on Capital

If you are seven feet three inches tall and weigh 420 pounds, you may well get delayed at lunch. Hence, the Great Khali walked in an hour late to address the media, here on Wednesday.

other Updated: Apr 28, 2010 23:50 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty

If you are seven feet three inches tall and weigh 420 pounds, you may well get delayed at lunch. Hence, the Great Khali walked in an hour late to address the media, here on Wednesday.

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar of Indian origin, Khali or Dalip Singh Rana as he was known before he became a wrestling sensation, was in the city to promote the entertainment brand. “My association with the global brand has been very fulfilling. I want my fellow countrymen to follow it and consider it as a career, if possible.” Surprisingly, though the ex-Punjab Police constable is focussed on increasing his fan base, he has no plans of encouraging professional wrestling among young people in India. “I plan to visit my native village in the days to come but have no plans of training the youth in wrestling, in the near future,” he said.

Khali, who was reportedly asked to cheer for Kolkata Knight Riders, chose to remain silent when asked to comment on the management of WWE, in the light of the recent IPL controversy especially as both WWE and IPL are big-money, sports entertainment packages.

Atul Pande, CEO of TAJ Television, the broadcaster of the sport in India, said that WWE works on stringent professional lines. “I am not going to comment on IPL. But our asscociation with WWE has been extremely satisfactory and their methodical way of functioning is a major reason.”