From Mud to the Mat
Divya was the undisputed ruler of the dangal but the real game was on the mat where one could aim for national, and eventually, international glory. It was not easy for Divya to wrestle because she belongs to a lower caste. A few castes dominate Indian wrestling and it’s difficult for other castes’ wrestlers to break into the scene.
“Divya has never hesitated to tell people that she comes from a lower caste. She always uses her surname Kakran. When she goes abroad and is asked about her roots, she says that she comes from a barber community”, saidSanyogita, Divya Kakran’s Mother.
Divya defeated her male opponents in over 23 dangals across the country, before getting a chance to get into professional wrestling. Her first big win was a gold at the Asian Cadet under-17 Championships. Divya has been unstoppable since then, all she needed was a chance. She bagged the bronze medal at the Commonwealth and Asian Games.
The Elections and The Olympics
With more than 60 medals under her belt, Divya has now set her eyes on the biggest trophy. She’s training relentlessly. Her aim is to win a wrestling medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But before that, another battle will be fought back home in India. Political parties will slug it out during the general elections in 2019. And this will be the first time that Divya Kakran will vote and she’s very clear on what she wants.
“My vote will go for a political party and leader who will nurture the young, sporting talent of our country, and take care of them financially when they need it the most,” she asserted.