Alka Tomar, the first female wrestler from the country to win a World championships medal, says a more conducive ecosystem has lifted the standard of women’s wrestling in India.
Alka, who bagged a bronze medal in 59kg in the 2006 World championships, said a host of factors has made women’s wrestling more competitive in the country in recent times.
“The overall scenario is very different and much better now. Top wrestlers like Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Sarita Mor and Pooja Dhanda have taken India closer to the world level. Pro Wrestling League (PWL) also helped. Good scientific support, sponsorship and publicity have attracted a lot of girls to the sport.
“In our times, we used to hide injuries as we feared that we might not get a chance to appear in the trials. There was hardly any scientific support to make you fit…