She is just 20-years-old but this baby-faced wrestler has now become a national hero after winning a bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Games in the Women’s freestyle 68 kg event. In a sport that has been dominated by male athletes, female wrestlers like Phogat sisters have set trend for other girls to follow the sport.
Today we look at Divya Kakran, who fought against odds managed to achieve Asian glory. The story of this young wrestler is all about family’ struggle, emotions, and glory
Divya was born in Purbaliyan near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh
Divya’s father Suraj Khakran along with family has been living in a rented house in Gokulpur area of Delhi for nearly 19 years. He came to Delhi to become a wrestler but in the ned ended up selling nappies in various wrestling events known as Dangals.
Divya’s father is supported by her mother who helps him by sewing the nappies for wrestlers. The young wrestlers father sells nappies in such areas of Delhi, Haryana, and UP, where wrestling events takes place in huge numbers. Apart from this, the nappies are also used to sell outside the surrounding arena.
After initially struggling to find his feet in the national capital, he called his wife here and started sewing profession.
Divya first stepped into wrestling at the small age of 10 years and supported her family of 14 people by winning various Dangal events.
Divya hails from a wrestling background. First, her grandfather and the father also took the sport but due to lack of resources, he could not continue with the sport.
Divya’s elder brother Dev had to put his career at stake due to lower income. Regarding this, his father Suraj told that he said to God that if your sister names you, then you will also have a name.