Two-day arm wrestling mega event, URPA World Arm Wrestling Series 2019, ended on a high note yesterday evening in GMCH Auditorium, Guwahati. The Champion of Champions in the men’s category was Partha Sonni from Maharashtra and in the women’s category was Mamoni Bayan from Assam. The event saw participation from more than 150 international and national champions. The event was inaugurated by Lakhya Konwar, Member Secretary of the State Level Advisory Committee, Youth and Sport Affairs.
This is for the first time that Assam witnessed a professional arm-wrestling event of this caliber. World renowned match referee Zill Fadli, from Malaysia, conducted the entire event with assistance from the referees from Assam and members of Purna Bikash Sanstha(PBS), PAL and Bulldog Sports. Igor Mazurenko of PAL and Kirill Yakovkev of PBS conducted a seminar on arm wrestling on day 1 where they imparted knowledge on the latest developments in the international arm-wrestling scenario. The second day witnessed a 12 hour long, arm-wrestling marathon with matches across 19 weight and arm categories and two champion of champions categories.
Speaking on the successful completion of the event, Hridayananda Konwar, President Purna Bikash Sanstha said, ‘My aim while organizing this event was to provide a platform where local arm-wrestlers could compete with national and international players, interact with international referee’s and experience first-hand ,where Arm Wrestling has reached on the international level. My vision is to see Arm-Wrestling become an Olympic Event in the near future.’