The first ranking tournament of Pro Panja League was a grand success. Arm Wrestlers from 15 states took part in this tournament.
Arm Wrestlers from Punjab showed their prowess as they managed to bag 15 medals in total in the inaugural season.
What made this event a grand success was the presence of the hon’ble minister of sports and minority affairs Mr Kiren Rijiju and WBO Asia- Pacific and WBO Oriental super middleweight champion Vijender Singh.
To make the occasion more joyous prominent Haryanvi comedian Khayali Saharan was also present at the Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi.
As soon as the prelims began, arm wrestlers from different part of the country battled in hopes to seal their berth in the finals.
The most entertaining bout of the night was between 100kg finalists Sanjay Deswal and Sunil Kumar. In an action-packed battle of the heavyweights, Sunil Kumar and Sanjay Deswal gave us a tremendous back and forth throughout the three rounds.
Sunil managed to bag the first round, but Deswal bounced back in the second after the referees tied their hands with a strap as the arms of both arm wrestlers kept slipping.
In the third and deciding round, Sunil Kumar and Deswal performed in what was one of the most prolific and memorable rounds of the night. While it felt like Deswal had Sunil pinned, the Punjab based arm wrestlers throttled his pace and managed to beat Deswal in the third.
Another entertaining bout of the night was between Parmeet Singh and Vanlallura in the 60kg bout. It was the first bout of the night and was played in presence of Kiren Rijiju and Vijender Singh.
After two rounds, both arm Wrestlers were 1-1 heading into the first, but in the third round, it was Parmeet Singh who prevailed and managed to secure the victory.
The hon’ble union minister was seen seated beside Parvin Dabas. The entire concept of Pro Panja League is the brainchild of Parvin Dabas and Preeti Jhangiani. Hon’ble union minister Rijiju Ji enjoyed the concept so much that he assured the audience that even though Arm Wrestling is not an Olympic sport, he will be doing his best to promote the sport in India and assured government assistance in spreading the sport throughout the country.
The event was sponsored by Patanjali DivyaJal and Fruit Forest India. Even during the mild Delhi winters, the athletes were absolutely oozing with testosterone and Adrelenine of the Pro Panja League and throughout the day they were seen munching on the goodies provided by the sponsors throughout the day.
The winners of the event were also fairly compensated for their performance. The gold medalists were given prize money of 15,000, the silver medalist were given prize money it 10,000 and the bronze medalist were offered prize money of 5000 rupees.
Pro Panja League finals results:
60 kg category:
Parmeet Singh – Punjab (GOLD)
Vanlallura – Mizoram (SILVER)
Ashish Mehra – Delhi (BRONZE)
Farhat – Maharashtra (FOURTH PLACE)
Tridip Medhi – Assam (GOLD)
Sukhmeet Singh – Punjab (SILVER)
Samsheer Singh – Punjab (BRONZE)
Suraj – Punjab (FOURTH PLACE)
Karaj Singh – Haryana (GOLD)
Sachin Goyal – Madhya Pradesh (SILVER)
Mayank – Punjab (BRONZE)
Ajay – Punjab (FOURTH PLACE)
Siddharth Malakar – Assam (GOLD)
Harman Mann – Punjab (SILVER)
Pratham Bagga – Punjab (BRONZE)
Devendra Singh – Haryana (FOURTH PLACE)
Sunil Kumar – Punjab (GOLD)
Sanjay Deswal – Delhi (SILVER)
MD Hashim – Kerala (BRONZE)
Arjas TP – Kerala (FOURTH PLACE)
100+ kg category:
Dilshad MA – Kerala (GOLD)
Syed Mehboob Ali – Telengana (SILVER)
Atar Singh – Haryana (BRONZE)
Kabir Verma – Punjab (FOURTH PLACE)
Women 65 kg below:
Chetna Sharma – Assam (GOLD)
Parampreet Kaur – Punjab (SILVER)
Rajinder Kaur – Punjab (BRONZE)
Karishma Kapoor – Delhi (FOURTH PLACE)
K.Lalhriatpuii – Mizoram (GOLD)
Vanramnghaki – Mizoram (SILVER)
Shruti Bawa – Delhi (BRONZE)
Kusum – Haryana (FOURTH PLACE)
Manish Kumar – Madhya Pradesh (GOLD)
Butta Singh – Punjab (SILVER)
Arvind Rajak – Madhya Pradesh (BRONZE)
Krishan Sharma – Uttar Pradesh (FOURTH PLACE)