PWL 2018: Geeta Phogat pulls out of high-intensity clash against Sakshi Malik
Reshma Mane, a 20-year-old girl from Kolhapur, will replace Phogat.
The much-awaited clash between star grapplers Sakshi Malik and Geeta Phogat will not take place in the PWL, after the latter has reported that she is unfit for the bout.
Reshma Mane, a 20-year-old girl from Kolhapur, Maharashtra is the latest chapter added in this series. The journey of a daughter of a sugarcane seller, from helping her father in the shop to fighting among 20 Olympics and World championship medalists, is incredible.
The first girl from Maharashtra to participate in the third season of Pro Wrestling League, Mane is set to take on the poster girl of Indian Wrestling League - Sakshi Malik in the 62 kg category. Reshma has replaced ‘Dangal Queen’ Geeta Phogat as she has been reported unfit to play.
Born and brought up in a family having five wrestlers including her cousins, Mane has heard the inspirational stories of wrestling legend K.D. Jadhav and ‘Hind Kesari’ Maruti Mane, another great wrestler of 60’s and 70’s since her childhood.
Hailing from a small village called Vedange in Kolhapur, the grappler came into limelight by winning Gold medal in both senior and junior national championship in 2016. Before that she had also participated in youth Olympics, 2014.
As today she is ready to challenge Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik, she has an opportunity to settle the score with Sakshi as she was beaten by her in National Championship in Lucknow. She knows that this is an uphill task, yet she confidently asserts that she would not leave any stone unturned to turn the tables this time.
A second year girl from New College in Kolhapur, she gets trained by her coach Vishwas Harawale. Her coach has full faith in her that she has a long way to go and she will bring many laurels to the country. Excited to be part of such a unique platform in the world of wrestling, one can see the spark in her eyes when she is set to knock the door of the biggest wrestling platform of the world.