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Gold at Khelo India School Games
ARSHAD, GOLD IN 46KG GRECO ROMAN
Asian cadet wrestling champion Arshad’s story of resilience and inspiration echoes loudly at the KD Jadhav stadium in Delhi. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh which has produced wrestlers by the dozen, his journey to get the better of his peers with limited resources is exemplary.
Arshad hails from an underprivileged background and took up sport at a very early age. One of the four grappler sons of a milkman, Arshad has battled odds to reach the level he is now in. “My village had regular dangals (wrestling competitions). I used to go and watch them from the age of six,” says the winner of the 46kg Greco-Roman class. “I hope through the KISG, I can bring medals in the Greco Roman discipline, which has traditionally not been our forte,” he said.