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Dec 21, 2009

Minister, 70, enters wrestling ring

GULBARGA: Karnataka animal husbandry minister Revunaik Belamagi may be a champion in the cut-and-thrust of modern politics, but he was also a wrestling champion once. The 70-year-old showed wrestling skills for more than half-an-hour here at the Chandrashekhar Patil Stadium on Sunday.
In his youth, Belamagi was reputed to be good at wrestling, a sport popular in the rural north Karnataka region.
“When I was young, I was very strong and loved to wrestle. But my father would scold me and disallow me to take part. I left the sport at the age of 45, when I contested for the assembly for the first time,’’ he said.
‘‘After that, it was on and off. I used to participate when I was a gram panchayat member and as mandal panchayat chief. I felt very nostalgic.”

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