Ramdev beats Olympic medallist Stadnik in wrestling match
January 18, 2017  23:55
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday defeated Beijing Olympic silver medallist Andrey Stadnik in an exhibition match during the Pro Wrestling League in New Delhi.

Ramdev overpowered the Ukrainian 12-0, showing his wrestling acumen as he pulled out the best of technical moves such as take-down, one-leg hold and pinning down.

Before the bout began, Ramdev exhibited his firebrand yoga moves before proceeding to his friendly battle with Stadnik, 34, a former European champion.

The bout took place during the second semi-final between Punjab Royals and Mumbai Maharathi. PWL is sponsored by Patanjali Ayurved Limited, owned by Ramdev.

Speaking on the occasion, the Yoga guru said, "Andrey is a class apart wrestler and I really enjoyed this wrestling session with him. I hope very soon wrestling as a sport will take over the world and will become much more recognised, with Pro wrestling league taking it to higher levels."

"I had my bout against a very strong opponent. His energy is amazing. I am also glad that he is supporting PWL. Its a great move made by him," said Stadnik.

Bharat mata ki jai.! Vande Matram!" shouted Ramdev before hugging Stadnik at the completion of the bout.

This was not the first time that Baba Ramdev has shown interest in friendly wrestling bouts. Last year, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their Ashram in Haridwar, Baba had challenged India's only individual two-time Olympic wrestling medallist and former world champion Sushil. 
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