Various preparations and arrangements have been done at the popular
Khasbag Maidan as National-Level Hindkesari Kusti (Wrestling)
Competition has started from today and viewers not only from Maharashtra
and nearby states but from whole of India and some even from other
countries will come. Many wrestlers from whole of India have
Rajashri Shahu Maharaj built this ground for Kusti in 1912 on the
lines of wrestling grounds in Rome. The key specialty of the ground is
that the central wrestling arena can be seen clearly from any corner of
the ground. The ground has completed a century in 2012 and hence
Hindkesari Wrestling competition is hosted here.
Morning, Cities various Talim Sanstha, Groups, Associations had
gathered and Sports Torch was be relayed from Panhala to Khasbag
Stadium. The other competitions and weighing have started from today and
the main wrestling will start from tomorrow 20 April. Photos of past
Hindkesari events, Rustam-E-Hind and its winners have been displayed at
the premises of the ground.
The Hindkesari Trophy which will be given to the winners of the
competition was unveiled yesterday by the honored people who include
Amruta Bhosale, Vijay Sardar, Subhash Chougule, Anil Patil, Sujay
Hosmani, M. S. Patil, Arun Maniyar, Vilas Mirje, Sibhash Aavte, Amit
Gaath, Sanjay Desai and Vasant Chauhan.
The Chief Sponsors of this event are Gokul Dudh Sangh and co-sponsors
are Vasantrao Chougule Nagari Path Sanstha. The citizens of Kolhapur
and other viewers are filled with excitement and joy as the grand
competition has started. The wrestlers have been divided into 9 groups
out of which one is an open group.
More than 250 wrestlers including previous Hindkesari Winner Rohit
Patil, Punjab Kesari Kamaljeet Sindhu, Narendra Khutaniya from Delhi,
Parvejkumar from Haryana, Mausam Khatri and many other wrestlers
throughout India have participated. The competition will be judged by 30
International and 20 Indian Judges. Major Dhyanchand Trophy winner
Gyansingh and Vilas Kature are chief judges.
Khasbag stadium is 1 kilometer South-East to Mahalaxmi Temple and 8
Kilometers South-West to Central Bus Stand of Kolhapur. The structure
flaunts a seating arrangement for about 25,000 people around a Wrestling
Ring. The wrestling season held every year has been an unforgettable
Evening at 4:00pm, all participants will adore Rajashri Shahu
Maharaj’s idol of Dasara Chowk with blossoms and procession will be
carried out. Padmashree P. Kartarsingh, Indian Wrestling Mahasangh’s
President Ramshreya Yadav, Sachin Roshanlal, Yasin and many other people
will be present at the competitions.