~Eager to register first win of the season against NCR Punjab Royals~
9th January, 2017: UP Dangal’s hope of winning in the second season of Patanjali Powervita Pro Wrestling League took a massive hit when their star players Phogat sisters – Geeta and Babita were ruled out of the tournament on fitness ground.
However, the team was relieved when Geeta was declared fit and will now be available for the encounter against NCR Punjab Royals on Tuesday.
The Uttar Pradesh franchise had named themselves as UP Dangal after inclusion of the much in demand real-life Dangal girls in the team.
Talking about it, UP team owner Sunny Katyal said, “Babita got injured while playing against Haryana Hammers. She was not able to stand still even for a minute against Olympic bronze medalist Sofia Mattsson. In the last match against Mumbai Maharathi, Babita was replaced by national champion Pinki, but unfortunately she was blocked in the 58kg category. She was facing Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia. But now with Geeta’s availability her supporters are excited. After the success of the film everyone is eager to see her in action. Babita won’t be able to play but she will be present to support her teammates.”
Meanwhile, the bout between Mausam Khatri and Krishna in 97kg and bout between Amit Dhankar and Pankaj Rana in the 70kg weight category are expected to be quite interesting. Geeta will face national champion Manju while Punjab will be relying on their star player World champion Vladimir (57kg) and Odunayo (53kg).
Punjab also suffered a setback as the two-time Olympic medallist Togrul Asgarov was ruled out due to neck injury and has been replaced by Continental Championship gold medalist Russia’ Ilyas Bekbultov.
Punjab co-owner Dharmpal said that after beating Mumbai and Delhi, we have gained confidence.
“I was also a wrestler in my playing days, with that experience I can surely say that Punjab team definitely has the ability to become champions,” he said.