Pehlwani (traditional wrestling) has deep roots in the culture of the Indian subcontinent, and Pakistan, including Sialkot, has produced some notable Pehlwans (wrestlers) over the years. Here’s a list of some renowned Pehlwans from Sialkot:
- Pehlwan Bholu Brothers – The Bholu Brothers were a prominent wrestling family from Sialkot, with each member earning accolades in the wrestling arena. They were instrumental in popularizing Pehlwani in Pakistan.
- Pehlwan Imam Bakhsh – A legendary figure in the world of Pehlwani, Imam Bakhsh was known for his strength and technique. He was the father of the Bholu Brothers.
- Pehlwan Gama – Although originally from Amritsar, Gama had strong connections with Sialkot and is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
- Pehlwan Hamida Pahalwan – Known for his agility and strength, Hamida was a prominent figure in the wrestling circuits of Sialkot.
- Pehlwan Akram – A modern-day wrestler who has represented Sialkot in various national and international tournaments.
- Pehlwan Aslam – Known for his fierce techniques, Aslam was a crowd favorite during his time.
- Pehlwan Nisar – Another stalwart from Sialkot, Nisar’s matches drew large crowds, and he was known for his sportsmanship.
- Pehlwan Zahoor – A prominent figure in the 1980s and 1990s, Zahoor had several notable victories to his name.
- Pehlwan Iqbal – Representing the younger generation, Iqbal has won several championships and is known for promoting Pehlwani in Sialkot.
- Pehlwan Shahbaz – Another modern-day wrestler, Shahbaz has been instrumental in training the next generation of Pehlwans in Sialkot.
These Pehlwans have not only made Sialkot proud but have also contributed significantly to the rich wrestling heritage of Pakistan.