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Kavita Devi is the first Indian woman to appear in WWE

MUMBAI: Kavita Devi, former competitive powerlifter and South Asian Games gold medal winner, has been selected to compete in the Mae Young Classic, which is the first WWE tournament for women.

Hailing from Haryana, Kavita has undergone training to be a professional wrestler under the guidance of former WWE champion Khali at his Punjab-based wrestling promotion and training academy.

Kavita participated in the WWE Dubai tryout earlier this year in April where she gained the attention of talent scouts with her strong performance. Now, Kavita will be making history as the first Indian woman ever to appear in WWE.

Kavita will be competing with 31 other top female competitors from around the world in the first Mae Young Classic.

“I am honoured to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE’s first ever women’s tournament. I hope to use this platform to inspire other Indian women with my performance and make India proud,” said Kavita.

WWE Talent Development VP Canyon Ceman had this to say, “Kavita Devi gave a strong performance at WWE’s 2017 Dubai tryout. She is an athletic and extremely strong woman who demonstrated a solid grasp of the fundamentals of sports entertainment, and a passion to improve that will serve her well in WWE’s upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament.”

The first Mae Young Classic will take place on 13 and 14 July from Full Sail Live in Orlando, Florida. The tournament, named after WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest WWE Superstars in history, Mae Young, will feature 32 of the top female competitors from around the world participating in a single-elimination tournament. The event will stream later this summer exclusively on WWE Network.