Manipur’s Taibanganba creates history, becomes North-East’s only Greco Roman wrestler in contention for Tokyo Olympics

Wrestling News: On Sunday, Manipur-wrestler Taibanganba battled past pressure to etch his name in Indian wrestling after winning a bronze medal in the Greco Roman 63kg weight division at the National Championship. He is currently the only wrestler from North-East who will be taking part in the senior men’s national camp in Sonepat. But wrestling was never his first love. Taibangnba hails from Imphal where boxing or football is the primary sport. He chose to wear gloves and emulate the success of MC Mary Kom. However, an untimely injury forced him to leave his gloves and don the singlet.

“I started as a boxer and have won medals at the national level. A job was offered to me in the Indian Army, but I failed the medical due to an injury. So, they decided to transfer me into the wrestling team,” he said.