Wrestler Divya Kakran, who won the Asian Championships gold earlier this year, recently moved from Delhi to Himachal where she has prepared a makeshift mud pit to train with her brother.
Divya Kakran has been training with her brother in Himachal (@divya_kakran68 Instagram)
- Wrestler Divya Kakran makes makeshift mud pit to train during lockdown in Himachal
- Divya took to social media to share a video of her training by lifting her brother
- Divya won the Asian Championships gold medal earlier this year
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought normal lives to a grinding halt. Sport has been one of the worst-hit sectors as major tournaments and competitive action across the globe has been stalled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Wrestler Divya Kakran though is not letting the bleak situation due to the pandemic affect her training routines. The 21-year-old wrestler recently moved from Delhi to Harabagh, a remote village in Himachal Pradesh wherein she has resumed training.
This time, she has dug up a mud pit at her friend’s place and gotten back to her roots to continue training even as the restart of national wrestling camps has been delayed by the pandemic. It’s her brother who is helping her train and wrestle.
As it turns out, Divya Kakran has found a unique way of training. In a video posted on social media, Divya can be seen lifting her brother Dev, who weighs 110kg, and working out on the hills. She can be seen running uphill with her brother on her shoulders.
“Me 68kg & my bro 110kg #Himachal #workout,” Kakran wrote as caption for the video that is going viral online.
Divya Kakran, who became only the second woman from India to win a gold at Asian Championships earlier this year, has often credited her brother who has sacrificed quite a bit to help her achieve success.
— Divya Kakran (@DivyaWrestler) June 26, 2020
Divya, in an interview with The Sunday Guardian, had spoken about how her brother sacrificed a career in wrestling and education for her.
“He left his education, his wrestling career, and everything for me. I have to sometimes attend wrestling camps in Lucknow which last for two-three months. I get accommodation in hostels for the camp, but my brother stays in hotel rooms to accompany me,” Divya said.
“He also beats me up when I give away points in bouts. He works hard on me and so gets angry when I make mistakes.”
Divya is now training with her brother in Himachal in the mud pit that she has made. With inputs from her coach, Vladimir Mestvirishvili of Georgia, the young wrestler is making sure she is preparing herself to be at her best when the sport returns.