Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar is an Indian wrestler. He carried the Indian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. His 2008 Olympic medal was second for India in wrestling and the first since Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav’s bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics. He is known for his performance at various international events. Sushil Kumar enrolled himself enrolled at the Chhatrasal Stadium akhada when he was 14 years old. His father, Diwan Singh, and his cousin, Sandeep, were his inspiration to join wrestling.

Sushil received Arjuna Award in 2005 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2008. He has won a bronze medal in Beijing Olympics in 2008, and he won a silver medal in the Summer Olympics in London making him the first person to win two Olympic medals for Independent India. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sushil Kumar won a gold medal in the 74 kg category by defeating Qamar Abbas. During the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Sushil Kumar won a gold medal in a 74 kg event by defeating Johannes Botha in just 80 seconds. For the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, Sushil Kumar received Rs. 20 million cash reward from the Delhi Government, Rs. 15 million cash reward from the Haryana Government, Rs. 7.5 million cash reward from the Indian Railway Department, and he also received a piece of land in Sonipat for building his own wrestling academy by the Haryana Government.

He is vegetarian and has campaigned for PETA’s go-vegetarian campaign. He has a charity foundation called Sushil 4 Sports, which helps aspiring sports athletes from all fields. He was voted as The Most Popular Athlete by the athletes of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Apart from wresting, he also works in Indian Railways as an Assistant Commercial Manager. In 2015, he co-judged the famous reality TV show MTV Roadies with Neha Dhupia, Ranvijay Singha, and Karan Kundra.

Sushil Kumar Bio

Sushil Kumar 
Height: 5’ 5½"
Age: 38 Years
Hometown: Najafgarh
ProfessionIndian freestyle wrestler
Famous forWinning two Olympic medals
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5½”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 85 kg
in pounds- 187 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 44 inches
- Waist: 34 inches
- Biceps: 16 inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutNational- Asian Wrestling Championships in 2003 in New Delhi
International- 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
National TeamIndia
Coach/MentorMahabali Satpal Singh
Records• 2003 - Gold (60 kg) - London Commonwealth Championship
• 2003 - Bronze (60 kg) - New Delhi Asian Championships
• 2005 - Gold (66 kg) - Cape Town Commonwealth Championship
• 2007 - Gold (66 kg) - London Commonwealth Championship
• 2007 - Silver (66 kg) - Kyrgyzstan Asian Championships
• 2008 - Bronze (66 kg) - Beijing Olympics
• 2008 - Bronze (66 kg) - Jeju Island Asian Championships
• 2009 - Gold (66 kg) - Jalander Commonwealth Championship
• 2010 - Gold (66 kg) - New Delhi Asian Championships
• 2010 - Gold (66 kg) - Moscow World Championships
• 2010 - Gold (66 kg) - Delhi Commonwealth Games
• 2012- Silver (66 kg) - London Summer Olympics
• 2018- Gold (73 kg) - Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
Awards, Honours, Achievements• Arjuna Award in 2005
• Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2008
• Padma Shri Award in 2011
Personal Life
Date of Birth1983-05-26 00:00:00
Age (as of 2021)38 Years
BirthplaceNajafgarh, Delhi
Zodiac signGemini
HometownNajafgarh, Delhi
College/UniversityNoida College of Physical Education, Dadri
Educational Qualifications• Graduation
• Post Graduation
Food HabitVegetarian
Controversies• In 2012, Chhatrasal Stadium was Indian's premium center for the coaching of upcoming wrestlers and new learners. However, after a public fallout between Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt; Dutt decided to leave the wrestling center and start his own coaching center. By 2015, many top wrestlers like Bajrang Punia left the academy and joined Dutt in his academy.
• In 2015, Sushil Kumar found himself involved in a controversy with Narsingh Yadav, a Mumbai wrestler who had qualified for the participation in the Rio Olympics. Sushil Kumar was also preparing for the Rio Olympics and he requested for a selection trial; however, Wrestling Federation of India and Delhi High Court dismissed his plea. During a national camp in Sonipat, Yadav was tested positive for steroids during a test and he alleged that Sushil Kumar had asked a junior wrestler to lace his food with steroids. In 2019, the CBI dismissed the sabotage theory presented by Yadav.
• Praveen Rana, another international wrestler, alleged that Sushil Kumar had beaten him and his brother after the selection round of the national trials.
• On 4 May 2021, a wrestler of India's senior national camp and former junior national champion, Sagar Dhankad was beaten to death during a clash between two different groups outside the stadium. In further investigation, it was found that the fight between the group took place over a rented apartment that was owned by Sushil Kumar. Later, a video surfaced from one of the assailants phone in which Sushil Kumar and five other people were involved in the murder. An FIR was filed against them and after being on the run for more than 15 days, Sushil and his partner, Ajay were arrested in Delhi.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date2011
Wife/SpouseSavi Kumar
ChildrenSon- Suvarn and Suveer
ParentsFather- Diwan Singh (driver in MTNL)
Mother- Kamla Devi
Favourite Things
FoodParanthas, White Makhan (butter)
ActorAmitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan

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