Bajrang Punia, born on 26 Feb 1994, is a freestyle wrestler from India. He has recently brought laurels to India by registering a terrific 6-2 win to grab the gold medal over Seungchul Lee of Korea in men’s 65kg freestyle in Asian Wrestling Championship. Bajrang Punia is among the lead runners of the next generation of Indian wrestling. He has also qualified for 2018 Commonwealth games. He recently said, “My goal is to win medals in Commonwealth and Asian Games. We’re all fighting for that. We have to be on our toes or risk falling behind the pecking order.”
“Yeh Dhai Kilo ka Haath Jab kisi pe padta hai toh…. Gold Medal aa hi jata hai!” – Bajrang Punia
Bajrang belongs to a family of a rural background in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He started wrestling at the age of seven after being pursued by his father Balwan Singh Punia. When he was in school, he used to bunk school along with his friends to go to the “mitti ka akhaada” in their locality. They also started getting small amounts by winning and Bajrang started liking this game and at the end, he gave that a shape of a profession to start a special journey of his life. As Bajrang was not born with a silver spoon so he has to face many monetary hardships during his initial days. However, it was his friend cum guru the famous wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt who has always supported him. He has been training him since childhood and always available for any professional and personal advice.
Bajrang’s journey started in 2006 in the field of wrestling when he started going to the stadium to learn this sport professionally. He did his initial training in Chatshal Stadium under the guidance of his coach Shri Mahabaleshwar Pal. In 2014, he joined Yogeshwar Academy and since then he never backed down. He has been through a wonderful journey with so many medals in a very small time.
“Haarne ki parwah karte toh jeetna chodd dete” – Bajrang’s Quote of life
It is truly said that a person can only lose to himself and that is why Bajrang Punia has no fear of losing. He knows that he needs to believe in himself and as well in the best wishes of 125 crore Indians. Bajrang Punia is the young role model for all the children & youngsters who aspire to pursue wrestling. It is humble nature that makes him more reachable to any young talent trying to get into the wrestling. Although Bajrang has not faced many failures in the past, he believes that scope for improvement stays forever in the life. We wish him best of luck for the Commonwealth games 2018.
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