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World Police and Fire Games: Wrestler Vijay Chaudhary wIns gold


Maharashtra’s star wrestler Vijay Nathu Chaudhary humbled American J. Hollinger in the final to win the gold in the 125 kg category at the World Police and Fire Games in Canada on Saturday evening.

Chaudhary, a three-time ‘Maharashtra Kesari’ winner and now a Upper Superintendent of Police, earlier defeated defending champion Jessy Sahota of Canada in the semi-final.

The World Police and Fire Games are considered the Olympics for the police force globally.

Under extremely adverse conditions, Chaudhary got the better of Sahota11-8.

High on confidence after the gritty victory over the title holder, Chaudhary established a stranglehold in the summit clash, to win 11-1 and give India the gold medal.

Hailing from Saigaon Bagli village in Jalgaon’s Chalisgaon district, Chaudhary is posted as Upper Superintendent of Police in the Anti-Corruption Department of Pune Division in Maharashtra.

Choudhary was kept in a bio bubble by his coach Hindkesari Rohit Patel for a few months and trained in the Canadian time zone at the Mamasaheb Mohol Wrestling Complex in Katraj, Pune.

Talking about his feat, Choudhary told UNI here on Sunday that a few months ago he had won a gold medal for the Maharashtra State Police Force. “That day I decided that I want to win a gold medal for my country in the World Police Games. Today, my hard work has paid off. I am happy to have done so well.”

He dedicated the victory to every police officer and enforcer in India who serve the society 24 hours a day “by putting the country first. UNI SP SSP

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