Google, the search engine, on Sunday paid tribute to The Great Gama wrestler for his contribution to the sport and accomplishments in the ring. Locally known as Gama Pehlwan inspired many generations to come and earned many laurels around the world.
Pehlwani, also known as Kushti, is a local sport, which is mostly played in South Asia. This sport is also included in the Olympics titled wrestling with divided into different categories based on the weight.
“Gama Pehlwan was widely considered one of the best wrestlers of all time. Gama remained undefeated throughout his international matches and earned the name ‘The Great Gama,’” remembered Google.
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Traditional wrestling in North India started to develop around the early 1900s. Lower class and working-class migrants would compete in royal gymnasiums and gain national recognition when lavish tournaments were won.
“Gama’s workout routine included 500 lunges and 500 pushups at only 10 years old. In 1888, he competed in a lunge contest with over 400 wrestlers from around the country and won. His success at the competition gained him fame throughout the royal states of Indian subcontinent,” read the blog.
He spent the rest of his days until his death in 1960 in Lahore, which became a part of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Gama earned many titles during his career, notably the Indian versions of the World Heavyweight Championship (1910) and the World Wrestling Championship (1927) where he was bestowed with the title of “Tiger” after the tournament.