Tribune News Service
Udhampur, May 19
Wrestler Abdul Gani from Malerkotla in Punjab won the 35th Gran Mord Kesari title 2011 by defeating wrestler Palla of Himachal Pradesh at Gran Mord in Reasi last evening. The dangal was organised jointly by the Gran Mord Dangal Committee and the Jammu and Kashmir Indian Style Wrestling Association.
Gani defeated Palla in the main bout lasting 19 minutes amid applause by a large number of lovers of this traditional form of wrestling. The winner, Abdul Gani, received Rs 6,500 while the runners up, Palla, received Rs 4,500. In all 55 bouts were played between wrestlers from Udhampur, Reasi, Jammu, Kathua, Rajouri, J&K police, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The treasurer of the Indian Style Wrestling Association of India, Shiv Kumar Sharma, was the chief guest on the occasion. He gave away prizes to the wrestlers. The sarpanch of Gran Mord, Raj Kumar Sharma, presided over the function. Notably, such wrestling competitions have become quite popular among wrestlers of Jammu and Kashmir and the adjoining states due to the prize money involved in it.
In the second main bout, Sagar of Delhi defeated Pappu of Khanna, Punjab, in only four minutes. Sagar received Rs 4,000 while the runners-up got Rs 2,000. Kamaljot of Khanna, Punjab, who defeated Teg Ali of Malerkotla was awarded Rs 2,500 and the runners-up received Rs 1,500.
Sona of Amritsar defeated Mohammad Akram of Jammu in the fourth bout. He received Rs 2,000 reward while Akram received Rs 1,500. The fifth bout between Swaran Singh of Kot Bhalwal, Jammu, and Kallu of the Shiv Mandir Akhara, Jammu, ended in a draw.