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Google honours wrestler The Great Gama’s 144th birth anniversary with a doodle, a wrestler who never lost to anyone

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: Google has honored Indian wrestler Gama wrestler “The Great Gama” by making a doodle. In fact, today is his 144th birthday, so Google has honored him by making a doodle. Let us tell you that Gama Pehalwan died on 22 May 1878. He was born in Jabbowal village of Punjab province which was then known as British India. Gama Pehalwan’s childhood was full of difficulties. After the death of his father and grandfather, he spent his life with his uncle who was a wrestler.

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Interest in wrestling and exercise
From a very young age, he was interested in intense exercise and wrestling. Gama Pehalwan participated in a competition at the age of 10 and claimed the top spot, making his way among 400 people. Since then, his interest in wrestling grew and his training started. Let us tell you that Gama Pehalwan used to do 5000 squats and 3000 pushups daily during training.

When Gama was 10 years old, Gama’s workout routine included 500 lunges and 500. In 1888, he competed in a lunge contest with over 400 wrestlers from around the country. He won the tournament. Gama’s success at the competition gained him fame across the royal states of India. He picked up wrestling when he was 15. By 1910, Gama started getting recognition. Gama soon became a world champion and was considered a national hero.

During the partition in 1947, Gama saved the lives of many Hindus during the partition of India After the partition, he spent the rest of his days until his death in Pakistan’s Lahore. He earned many titles during his career, including the Indian versions of the World Heavyweight Championship in 1910 and the World Wrestling Championship in 1927.

After the World Wrestling Championship where he was bestowed with the title of “Tiger”. The Prince of Wales during his visit to India presented a silver mace to honour the great wrestler. Gama’s legacy continues to inspire modern-day fighters. Even Bruce Lee is a known admirer. Le incorporated aspects of Gama’s conditioning into his own training routine.

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