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Satnam Singh, the first Indian basketball player drafted by the NBA, switches to professional wrestling

New Delhi: Satnam Singh Bhamara, the Indian basketball player who made history by becoming the only athlete in the country to be drafted into an NBA team before being banned for doping, has now decided to jump into the fight by signing a deal with a professional league in the United States. .

The 25-year-old was named to the NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks in 2015. He will begin his training to become a professional wrestler at the Nightmare Factory in Atlanta, to compete in All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

Besides Singh, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal also faced Jade Cargill in a mixed tag team match against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet on “AEW: Dynamite” in March.

Tony Khan, CEO, Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer of AEW, said in a press release: “While we have recently secured some of the most prominent free agents on the planet, I am also deeply committed to cultivating our own local stars and the next generation of extraordinary professional wrestlers,

“In addition to the imposing stature of Satnam 7’3”, I was impressed by his high level of athleticism and charisma. It’s an exciting addition to our list, and I can’t wait for our fans to experience Satnam’s personality and watch his development, ”he added.

Singh is currently facing a two-year suspension by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Disciplinary Panel for failing a doping test in 2019. His suspension will end on November 19.

Posted on: Friday September 24, 2021, 8:32 PM IST

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