'Wrestler' Baba Ramdev takes on Olympian Sushil Kumar in first bout
Haridwar: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev celebrated the 20th foundation day of his ashram, Divya Yog Mandir Trust in Haridwar, on Monday by taking part in a friendly wrestling match against Olympian wrestler Sushil Kumar.
Baba Ramdev (left) and Sushil Kumar take part in a friendly clash. Pic courtesy Baba Ramdev’s Twitter account
"Yoga gives the body a lot of strength. I used to wrestle 30 years ago and I thought of giving it a try again. Sushil Kumar asked me to participate in a match to encourage the wrestlers," said Ramdev.
"Wrestling and kabaddi should be encouraged worldwide. We will make a wrestling ground in Patanjali too," he added.
Sushil Kumar (centre) being felicitated by Ramdev baba on the day of Patanjali Sthapana Divas Samaroh at his ashram in Haridwar. Pic courtesy Baba Ramdev’s Twitter account
Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar lauded Ramdev's performance in the wrestling match.
"The performance of Baba Ramdev was spectacular. People from all around the world should see his enthusiasm," he said.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent) Sarbananda Sonowal and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were among those present on the occasion.
Cabinet Minister Nitin Gadkari too was present at the ashram for the occasion. Pic courtesy Baba Ramdev’s Twitter account
Ramdev set up his yoga and herbal medicine project with the Divya Yog Mandir Trust on January 5, 1995.