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Kavita Devi becomes first Indian woman wrestler to compete in WWE

Kavita Devi, the South Asian Games gold medal winner who was a part of the WWE Dubai tryout earlier this year, will be among the 32 participants who will compete at the Mae Young Classic tournament next month.

other sports Updated: Jun 22, 2017 18:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Kavita Devi will be among the 32 participants who will compete at the Mae Young Classic tournament next month. (WWE )

Former competitive powerlifter Kavita Devi will become the first Indian woman to compete in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) when she takes part in the company’s first ever tournament for women next month.

The company announced on Thursday that the South Asian Games gold medal winner, who was a part of the WWE Dubai tryout earlier this year, will be among the 32 participants who will compete at the Mae Young Classic tournament.

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Hailing from Haryana, Kavita has undergone training to be a professional wrestler under the guidance of The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) at his Punjab based wrestling promotion and training academy. She shot to fame after her video, in which she wrestled against a woman wrestler named B B Bull Bull, went viral on social media.

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“I am honoured to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE’s first ever women’s tournament. I hope to use this platform to inspire other Indian women with my performance and make India proud” said Kavita Devi.

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The May Young Classic (July 13-14) will feature 32 of the top female competitors from around the world participating in a single-elimination tournament.

Canyon Ceman, Vice President, WWE Talent Development, said, “Kavita Devi gave a strong performance at WWE’s 2017 Dubai tryout. She is an athletic and extremely strong woman who demonstrated a solid grasp of the fundamentals of sports entertainment, and a passion to improve that will serve her well in WWE’s upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament.”

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 17:28 IST