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Kavita Devi Proud to be First Indian Woman WWE Wrestler

Wrestler Kavita Devi recently created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to sign a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). CNN-News18's Yash Bhati caught up with Kavita Devi.

Yash Bhati | CNN-News18

Updated:October 16, 2017, 3:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Wrestler Kavita Devi recently created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to sign a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). CNN-News18's Yash Bhati caught up with Kavita Devi. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

Q) It is a very obvious question. How are you feeling after becoming the first Indian woman to sign with WWE?

Kavita: It feels very nice to be the first woman to be signed by WWE and being able to represent India is in itself a great thing. Every moment I feel that I have done something good by representing India.

Q) We know that you'll be going to the performance center. But how soon can we see Kavita in the ring again?

Kavita: They will complete their visa procedures and only then I'll get to know when to go there. But I'll start my training very soon.

Q) You participated in the Mae Young Classic. You lost the match to Dakota Kai but your performance and specially your strength was praised universally. So what were the reactions you got after the match?

Kavita: Winning and losing is not so important here because it was my first time. I think it was India's victory, because earlier it was like there were no women in this field, I heard comments like why aren't there Indian women here. Right then I thought maybe I should give it a try. I feel really proud of myself and for the country with this achievement. I dont know what will happen in the future but I believe in my hardwork. Everything good will happen.

You performed in a salwar kameez at the Mae Young Classic which was very different attire from the other performers. Then you became a sensation on the internet. So who's idea was it to perform in traditional Indian attire that made you an internet sensation?

Kavita: It was my idea because in India most women usually wear suit and salwar. I always want to do something new and different, and this is what we wear. So I thought that girls will be inspired by this look and won't hesitate in coming to this field. This has had a positive impact and many girls are inspired by it. Like I train in Great Khali sir's academy, more girls are joining it.

The competition in Women's wrestling is very high these days with Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Charlotte competing at a very high level. So what makes Kavita Devi standout among the rest ?

Kavita: All women wrestler's are extremely hard working and talented. I learn a lot from everyone of them but i dont like to follow anyone. I like to make my own path. Mujhe kisi ke jesa nahin banna. Mujhe khud ko itna layak banana hai ki log bolle humme Kavita Devi jesa banna hai.

It was very tough journey from Hard KD to Kavita Devi. So how will you describe your journey?

Kavita: I cannot really describe it because it's a long chain of events from my childhood to the environment I was born into. I faced a lot of problems, after marriage everyone has issues, so I have crossed a lot of obstacles, I need a lot of time to describe it all. In the end, I have achieved my goal and I think i have more responsibility now to meet the expectations of the people of the nation.

Since you come from Haryana, where professional wrestling is not a popular sport, was it hard to convince that you wanted to join the sport?

Kavita: My family was never of this mentality, my brothers let me chase my dream. they never had any gender bias despite the fact that when I was growing up, there was a bias against women. My family and even my husband Gaurav Kumar have kept me motivated and I never lost touch with my game. My husband and brother were the people to admit me to Khali sir's academy. there dream is also somehow attached to me. They also want me to make my nation proud. There were many phases where i just wanted to give up and stop but i always had my family's support. I am here because of them otherwise it would have been very hard alone.

You perform in a sport where fitness is of utmost importance. So we would like to know whats the secret of Kavita Devi's power. What's the secret to you fitness?

Kavita: I follow a proper diet but I mostly prefer desi food since I come from Haryana. I have a lot of milk, yogurt and dalia or halwa. I really like all these things.

Last question... So what message would you like to give out to the young girls who want to follow their dreams..

Kavita: First of all girls should never think that they are weak in any field, they just need support from their family. No matter which sector, they are no less than others. So i would like tell all my sisters that you always keep hope and if you want to do something then you should start with it right away. If you are positive in your approach then your family will always support you. And i would like to tell the family members also to push them forward.

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| Edited by: Arnab Sen
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