Wrestler Sarita may make her TV debut with Bigg Boss

The 29-year-old Haryana grappler, however, doesn't plan to quit wrestling as of now and is expected to continue competing at least until 2026.
Wrestler Sarita Mor (L) could make her television debut in the next few months.
Wrestler Sarita Mor (L) could make her television debut in the next few months.

CHENNAI: With her Olympic dream 'almost' over, 2021 World Championships bronze medalist wrestler Sarita Mor is chasing a different vocation. After pinning grapplers on the mat, the wrestler will now look to pin housemates down on reality shows. Yes, you have heard it right. She could make her television debut in the next few months.

The Haryana wrestler, who was ranked World No 1 in 59 kg in 2022 by the United World Wrestling, can be seen as a participant in the upcoming season of Bigg Boss. While Bigg Boss OTT 3 is scheduled to premiere on June 21, the reality show is expected to air on TV in September. 29-year-old Sarita, however, doesn't plan to quit wrestling as of now and is expected to continue competing at least until 2026.

"She hasn't competed at the Olympics despite her long career in the sport, which is why we were hopeful of her participation in the Paris. But now that seems to be over, so after much deliberation we have decided to look for other options," Rahul Mann, Sarita's husband and coach, told this daily.

Given her impending goal to compete at the world's biggest sporting extravaganza, Sarita was relying heavily on the selection trials to challenge Anshu Malik, who earned an Olympic quota in the 57kg. Sarita along with her husband also trained at the United States Olympic/Paralympic Training Centre earlier this year to prepare for the trials.

However, it was later decided that the quota winners would represent the country in the 2024 Paris Games and the proposed trials were shelved ending Sarita's bid.

"We (Sarita and me) visited Mumbai last week and met a few people. I have known Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff for quite some time now. We met him and his son Tiger Shroff during our three-day visit to Mumbai. A few projects are in the pipeline including the Bigg Boss. Sarita is interested in foraying into movies or reality shows. We will wait and choose the best option," added Mann.

Sarita has won four medals at the Asian Championships including back-to-back gold in 2020 and 2021. She made her international cadet debut way back in 2010 before competing in the senior category in 2014.

A few Indian athletes even made it to the professional circuit by participating in competitions like MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) but Sarita has no such plans. "She will keep wrestling at least till 2026. Once she makes it there then we will take a call on her Olympic bid, which will only be two years away by then," signed off Mann.

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