Bajrang Punia: The Future of Indian Wrestling

In India, wrestling has already been one among the most popular and most watched sports after cricket. India is the home to the most famous wrestlers around the world such as The Phogat Sisters, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, etc. Wresters like Bajrang Punia are holding the baton passed to them and are making the country proud. Bajrang Punia was born on 26 February 1994 at Khudan Village in Jhajjar District, Haryana. He started his career at an early age of 7 years. As he is from a rural area, his family wasn’t one of the financially stronger families. Therefore, he chose wrestling and joined a sand wrestling academy to practice the sport. He became so fond of wrestling in such a short time that he started skipping school to practice wrestling. His family moved to Sonepat in 2015 for him and there join the Sports Authority of India. As soon he stepped on the mat he started dominating the national championships. Bajrang Punia Source: In his first appearance at the big international leagues at the 2013 Asian Championship, New Delhi he bagged a Bronze medal at the 65kg category. In the same year, he participated in the World Championship at Budapest where the wrestler made his way to the medal podium with one more Bronze Medal. 2014 brings more medals for the wrestler in Asian Games at Incheon. He bagged Silver Medal in 61kg category Freestyle wrestling, he got one more Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow during the same year But these medals craved more hunger inside him to perform better. In 2015 he was awarded Arjuna Award by the government of India for his excellence. In the 2017 Asian Championship held at New Delhi, he won Gold Medal, and in the same year at Commonwealth Championship at Brakpan, he also secured a top place on the medal podium with a Gold Medal. He also won Gold Medal at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat in the same year in the 70kg category. Punia with Gold Medal Source: His hunt for medals continued in the year 2018 where he won Gold Medal at both Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games. In the same year, he also won Bronze Medal at Asian Championship in Bishkek. In the 2019 Asian Championship at Xi’an, he changed the color of his previous Bronze Medal to a Gold Medal. In the 2019 World Championship at Nur-Sultan, he also secured his third medal at the World Championship that was a Bronze Medal. Following his medal trail in 2020 Asian Championship at New Delhi Punia again secured a Silver Medal. Source: Punia also qualified in the 2020 Olympic Games which was postponed because of Covid-19. He is considered to be one of the key players and medal prospects for India at the Olympic Games. With wrestlers like him, we can proudly say that the future of Indian wrestling is in safe hands. Connect with him on:- Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: #wrestling #wrestlinglife #wrestlingteam #wrestlingindia #grecoroman #freestyle #wrestlingfan #bajrang #bajrangpunia #prowrestling #kushti #akhada #inidankushti #wrestlinguniverse

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