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

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