There are some people who are working extremely hard and are hoisting the flag of India on the global map. Smashing through patriarchy, body issues, and stereotypes is Kavita Devi. She has been selected for the 32-woman Mae Young Classic tournament by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The highlight of the event is that Kavita is only the third big contingent to represent India on the biggest platforms of wrestling entertainment.
However, the matter of pride is that Kavita is the first Indian woman ever to be a part of WWE. Till date, only two of the Indians namely Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali were a part of this great international ring.
Kavita Devi (real name Kavita Dalal) hails from a small village named Julana of Jind district, Haryana. Having a modest background, Kavita grew up in a society where the girls were not allowed to get education. Conquering all odds, Kavita did her schooling from the Julana’s Girls Senior Secondary School and completed her graduation in arts. She believes that she was able to get educated because of her brother Sandeep. She would see him and aspired to be a weightlifter.
After her graduation, Kavita joined the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) where she was recruited as a constable under the sports quota. Being a part of the Armed Border Force, she was not allowed by the government to take up wrestling tournaments, which led her to leave the force when she was posted as a sub-inspector.
The specialized training checks in SSB and her love for sports made her more inclined towards wrestling. Before leaving the SSB, she took up wrestling and became National Senior Weightlifting Champion since 2007 multiple times.
In 2010, Kavita left her position of a sub-inspector and dedicated herself to wrestling. The cynosure of her weightlifting career was the South Asian Games held in Guwahati, Assam in 2016. Kavita secured a gold medal in the 75 kg category after she posted a total of 210 Kilos. Kavita’s total was the highest by a woman in any tournament and in any category.
Out of the blue, Kavita rose to fame when a video of her accepting an open challenge for wrestling in a salwaar kameez went viral. She was invited to be a part of the Mae Young Tournament after competing the WWE try-outs in Dubai. Fighting in the ring for the tournament against Dakota Kai, made Kavita the first Indian woman ever to be within the ring of WWE. She could not win the tournament, but the event gave her gigantic endeavour by signing the contract with the WWE.
Kavita has been professionally trained at the Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) Academy which is owned and operated by the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Great Khali in Jalandhar, Punjab. We are quite able to get her unmatched game by the kind of training she has received by him.
It’s the family that is significant to any Indian. Kavita is married to a volleyball player Gaurav Tomar and also has a five-year-old son named Abhijeet. Her husband and father-in-law, a former Kabaddi player have always been her inspiration throughout all her achievements.
Where Kavita is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this January, the entire country awaits the unfold of magical strength of an Indian woman inside the ring.