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STANDING FIRM: WWE strongman Manoj Kumar Chopra travels across the world campaigning against substance abuse. — PHOTO: SAMPATH KUMAR G.P.
STANDING FIRM: WWE strongman Manoj Kumar Chopra travels across the world campaigning against substance abuse. — PHOTO: SAMPATH KUMAR G.P.

World Wide Entertainment (WWE) strongman Manoj Kumar Chopra packed a strong punch into a live performance held at MEG Kendriya Vidyalaya on St. John's Road in the city on Tuesday as part of his anti-drugs campaign.

Awe-inspiring

The 41-year-old, weighing a gargantuan 155 kg and standing at six-and-a-half ft, accompanied by his teenaged son Ashutosh, also an aspiring strongman, wowed his audience with many awe-inspiring stunts.

He tore a 700-page book into two, squeezed a non-stick pan so hard that it looked more like a bread roll, and blew a rubber hot water bottle till it burst.

Mr. Chopra, the first Indian to join the WWE fraternity and who has been described in a statement from the Ministry of Defence as “strong man of Asia for last four years and strong man of India for last seven years” attributes abstinence from drugs as the reason for his healthy and strong body.

Performances

He said he has, till date, performed in more that four lakh schools and 200 jails across the world as a part of his anti-drug initiative.

The Defence Ministry statement said Mr. Chopra stood 14 {+t} {+h} in Strongman World Cup held in Canada in 2004.

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