India’s Dangal wrestlers compelled to take odd jobs for a dwelling | Extra sports activities Information

NEW DELHI: It’s seven within the night and Sangram remains to be at work — as a porter at a authorities warehouse in Bahadurgarh, Haryana. His work began at eight within the morning. The 26-year-old will get Rs 10 for carrying each quintal of load. It’s back-breaking and it was not all the time like this for Sangram.
A champion wrestler who dominated the mud pits in Jhajjar, Sangram used to earn lakhs in a 12 months by means of mud wrestling, popularly often known as Dangal in India. However within the Covid-hit world, Dangals aren’t going down any extra and the likes of Sangram are struggling to make ends meet.
“I used to earn two to 2 and a half lakh yearly by collaborating in Dangals,” Sangram, who has a household — spouse, two daughters and a son — to feed, tells TOI. “My financial savings are gone. Now, on this present job, I handle to earn someplace round Rs 5000 a month. It has grow to be very troublesome to maintain a household of 5 with this pittance,” he provides.
Sangram is just not the one wrestler going through powerful instances. Dangal wrestlers everywhere in the nation have been compelled to take odd jobs to make a dwelling till normalcy returns.
Earlier than the lockdown, Des Raj, popularly often known as Golu Pehelwaan, was a daily participant in Dangals throughout Punjab, Haryana, Jammu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and his residence state of Himachal Pradesh. The Kangra-based Dangal wrestler is now working as a labourer in Mandi.

Des Raj, popularly often known as Golu pehelwaan, working as a labourer in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
“I get Rs 7,000 to eight,000 per 30 days. In contrast to Olympic wrestling, there is no such thing as a assist from the federal government for Dangal wrestlers in India,” rues the 29-year-old.
Kapurthala-based wrestler Gurinder Singh, aka Gugga, sells greens and fruits on the native market to earn bread for his household. “In addition to combating in Dangals, I didn’t have some other supply of earnings. I don’t know till when can it go like this. With no Dangals, it has grow to be actually laborious for us. Our food regimen is completely affected… coaching is out of query. There have been days when I’ve had simply cucumber and papaya in the whole day,” displays Gugga.
For the Dangal wrestlers of Bihar, the mud pit has been changed by fields. For eight straight years, Patna’s Kaushal Nath represented Bihar on the Senior Nationals because the state champion. Later, he began wrestling within the mud pits of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and his residence state. At current, as a result of pandemic, he’s working as a labourer in a farm. “I earn Rs 300 per day. No matter medals, cups, trophies I had gained, I bought all of them. Now, it’s all about existence,” he says.
Mahabir Prasad, a Dronacharya awardee and a well known wrestling coach in Haryana, has organized a number of Dangals within the state. He’s extremely popular among the many pehelwaans – each the acclaimed and small-timers – and has educated lots of of wrestlers over three a long time.
Not the whole lot is about money, Prasad says. Dangals assist wrestlers win cans of ghee (clarified butter), flour, badam (almond). It dietary supplements their dietary necessities. The price of a day’s meals for a wrestler ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 700. The food regimen consists of milk, almonds, raisins, fruits, juices and so on. Now, it’s all about getting do waqt ki roti (incomes bread for the household),” Prasad explains. “And, it isn’t simply Haryana, I’ve seen wrestlers from totally different components of the nation getting affected.”
Since March, greater than 750 Dangals – famend in addition to obscure – have needed to bear the brunt of corona-induced lockdown within the nation. That quantities to a lack of almost Rs 40 crore for the quite a few wrestlers who have been presupposed to combat in these contest.

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