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The author goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to be a successful woman wrestler

Manavi Kapur 

As a large contingent leaves from Rohtak for New Delhi to receive Olympian Sakshi Malik, Ritu Malik and Rina Saran stay focused as they wrap up the day's routine. An international championship is just around the corner - in October - and Sakshi's bronze at Rio has only boosted their spirits.

For six hours every day - three in the morning and three in the evening - female wrestlers at Chhotu Ram Stadium Wrestling Academy train rigorously on the mat. A sport traditionally considered a male bastion is seeing an increasing number of women participants. And, in a striking display of ...

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First Published: Sat, August 27 2016. 00:25 IST