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The history of Shahpur Bamheta dates back to 10th Century when a Chandravanshi Yadav king migrated to this small village in Uttar Pradesh. He was a great warrior and was soon well known for his bravery and fighting skills. Many centuries later the tradition of the place is still alive. It is referred to as a gold mine of wrestling champions. Let us see why!

Shahpur Bamheta is a village in Ghaziabad where every household has at least one wrestler. The village has nine akharas which trains 400 young boys, every single day. The most renowned coach of the area, Vijay Pal Yadav says, “Every home has, at least, one wrestler here. Almost every akhara here has international-level wrestlers and modern coaching facilities, which attracts young boys from other states as well. Just as army training is mandatory in Israel, you can say that practicing wrestling, at least for a few days, is mandatory here.”

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Vijay Pal Yadav was awarded with the prestigious Uttar Pradesh Kesari and Yash Bharti for his work to carry forward the traditions of Shahpur Bamheta; a tradition which has become a way of life for most of the people. Many villagers have served the nation by representing the country in this sport. Kids start training at a young age and often build their aspirations and dreams around this sport.

“This game trains a person so that he can easily pass the mandatory physical test during police or defence recruitment. Recently, the government has also been helping out wrestlers with good performance record by providing jobs,” says Arun Kumar, a state-level gold medallist from Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of the state and a sports lover, has made multiple provisions to boost sportsperson since 2012. From building an international cricket stadium to ensuring proper training across all sports, the young CM has given wings to many dreams. Maybe his love and respect for sports originates from the fact that his father, Samajwadi Supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav was a district level wrestler in his youth!

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Building sports infrastructure in the state to help the budding talent, Akhilesh Yadav has directed Santosh Kumar Yadav, an MLA from Shahpur Bamheta to build a wrestling centre in the area. Santosh said, “We have planned six multi sports centres, each in about 1000 square meter area, for which sites have been identified. We would build them in 5-6 months and hand them over to RWAs. A wrestling centre in Sadarpur village has been included under Madhuban Bapudham Scheme. We have asked High-Tech city builder to develop a wrestling facility for Bamheta players.” The area also organizes annual ‘dangals’ to honour the local deity. In these fights, wrestlers from various akharas compete and winners are often seen going ahead for state, national, and international level competitions. Participants are seen flooding in from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and other parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Social Samajwadi would like to encourage young talent of the state to live their passion and make Uttar Pradesh shine bright.