Outside of the Circle, the 34-year-old has long been focused on supporting his family’s native Billi Bhullar village in India, and those efforts have continued in recent months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have been frequently visiting India since I was a child,” he says. “We have built a very special place within the village for the women to gather, as they, unlike men, have nowhere to go and spend time.”
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In recent months, the Commonwealth Games wrestling gold medalist and his family provided those women with sewing machines and materials needed to produce face masks.
“The women have a great time there, and during the pandemic, they have been making masks with the sewing machines that I have procured for them,” Bhullar says.
“Today, these women are not only self-sufficient but are also helping and empowering the entire village and the neighboring region.”
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Here are the amazing women of Pind Billi Bhullar making #coronavirus masks for the village. The idea of creating a place for women to socialize and learn to sew was brought forward by my Thia last year. Who would have thought the machines would be used to literally save lives soon after. This place is named in honor of my grandma Bibi Gurmit Kaur Bhullar. Bibi always pushed the family to keep connected and support our village. She always had a group of women by her side when back in the homeland. She would be a very proud woman today❤????????✊???? . . #womanpower #womanhood #covid19 #seva #giveback #village #villagelife #desi #nakodar #jalandhar #amritsar #lahore #panjab #punjab #delhi #bombay #india #indian #jantacurfew #TeamBhullar #OneBillionStrong
The Canadian-born Bhullar has always taken great pride in his Indian heritage.
Whenever the ONE Heavyweight World Title contender makes his way to the Circle, he carries a special gada with him down the ramp – one that was given to him by Indian wrestling legend Dara Singh.
Singh, a 2018 member of the WWE Hall Of Fame, defeated Lou Thesz in 1968 to become a World Champion, and Bhullar wishes to join him as a national icon.
“I hope to build on his incredible legacy for my career,” the Canadian-Indian says.
When it comes to building that legacy, “Singh” has long shown his humanitarian side and willingness to help those in his native village.
“We built a gym shortly after the 2010 Commonwealth Games for the youngsters,” he says.
“It’s connected to the local school, and kids come to practice sports from the adjoining villages too. The kids have all taken on sports in a professional way, and it keeps them focused.”
As Bhullar now prepares for his shot at glory against Vera later in 2020, he hopes to use his platform to inspire the next generation of Indians – both in his village and across the country.
“I want to make my village a model village and spread the message that anything is possible all over India when the intent is right,” he says.