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Phogat seeks corporate support for setting up Wrestling Academy

Hyderabad, Jun 19 (UNI) Celebrated Women Wrestler and Arjuna Awardee Babita Kumari Phogat today said she wanted to open a wrestling academy and sought corporate investment for the same.
Ms Phogat was in the city to attend the interactive session, organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), the Women wing of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
Interacting with the media before the session, the Haryana girl said after the release of 'Dangal,' a movie based on her family, many parents had approached them.
''They all want their daughters to get trained in Wrestling. We don't have the infrastructure to train so many. If any corporate house comes forward to help us, we would like to set up a Wrestling Academy. We are ready to set up the academy anywhere in India, but preferably in Haryana, because every house has at least one 'Pahelwan' (wrestler) here,'' she said.
Replying to a question whether she hopes to get a medal in the forthcoming Olympics, she said ''working hard is in our hands and giving fruit is in the hands of the God''.
According to Babita, before Dangal, wrestling was never considered as a serious sport, though it is very primitive and has been existing, since time immemorial.
''Dangal brought a lot of recognition to us, as well as to the sport,'' she said, while appealing to the media, people and the society at large to promote not just cricket, but other sports as well.
Replying to another question on what was more challenging- being a woman or being a woman wrestler, the Gold Medalist in Commonwealth 2015, chose the latter.
''I don't consider me or my sisters as girls; we are the sons of our parents,'' she replied to another question.
When asked to give a message to the girls of the country, she said they should first become mentally strong and subsequently physically. Being mentally fit and strong is the most important thing for every girl in this country, she added.
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