Mumbai: Crowned the undisputed champion at the WWP Common Wealth Wrestling Championship, grappler Sangram Singh today said that his hard work has finally paid off.
Sangram won the championship after enduring a near death situation in a battle against a Canadian wrestler Joe Legend in South Africa on Sunday.
"This was a remarkable moment for me and a matter of great honour for the nation that had pinned all its hopes on me. I have put in a lot of hard work and training and it gives me pride that all these days of toiling and sweating it out during the practice sessions have finally paid off," Sangram said.
"I would like to thank my coach Pandit Satvirji, my family and my friends, without whom this victory would not be possible," he added.
With this victory, Sangram has become the first Indian to win such an honour at an international level.
He had signed a 'Last Man Standing' contract in order to compete for the title. The contract meant that, in case of any unfortunate event including death during the wrestling match, there will be no owning up by the organisers.
Sangram, who came out of his injuries for this fight after three long years, is now planning to launch a Pro Wrestling League Championship that will see world's most renowned wrestlers on the Indian soil.