India’s best wrestler, Sushil Kumar is back as he bagged another gold medal at the recently-concluded National Championships in Indore. However, he was not happy the way his opponents surrendered against him. His gold was overshadowed as he received three walkovers in the tournament. Sushil Kumar wrestles for two minutes to win gold. There was a lot of buzzes as he returned with some newspapers saying the ‘The lion is back.’
Sushil Kumar, born on 26 May 1983 in a Hindu Jat family of Baprola village, near Najafgarh in South West Delhi. He comes from a wrestling background as well. His father, Diwan Singh, a driver in MTNL Delhi and his cousin Sandeep, both were wrestlers. Kumar started his training at the Akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium from the age of 14 under the guidance of Yashvir and Ramphal. His family supported him a lot during tough times as well. Sushil’s family made sure his necessary dietary supplements by sending him tinned milk, ghee, and fresh vegetables even with minimal funds. His cousin Sandeep stopped competing because the family could only support one wrestler. It was his family’s support and blessings bestowed upon him to be the best wrestler in India.
Sushil switched to freestyle wrestling and get the taste of success soon. Kumar’s first success was to win a gold medal at the World Cadet Games in 1998, followed by the gold at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000. In 2003, Kumar won the bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships and the gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. However, these all achievements got unnoticed as he performed badly in 2004 Athens Olympic, getting the 14th position in 60 Kg weight class. After this, Kumar practiced a lot and entered in 66 Kg weight class and from there, he never backed down.
Sushil Kumar is presently working with the Indian Railways as an assistant commercial manager. He is working towards proving the necessary coaching to the young talent in Wrestling.
Undoubtedly, Sushil Kumar is the best wrestler India has seen. He is not only bringing the laurels for our country but also working to guide the young talent in Wrestling. The hard work, dedication, and simplicity are the key factors of the Sushil’s success. He has just qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well, and we can again expect a gold medal. He believes that the best wishes of Indians have kept him going till now.
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