Sushil Kumar Wrestler’s life journey from akhada to Indian freestyle wrestler

Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar, an Indian Freestyle Wrestler

At the age of 14, he started his wrestling training in Chhatrasal stadium’s akhada. His first teacher was Yashvir and Ramphal. 

A Vegetarian Guy

A strictly following vegetarian diet, Sushil Kumar was born in Baprola village, near Najafgarh in South West Delhi. Shushil was from a normal family, his father was a driver in MTNL Delhi, and his mother was a housewife.

Sushil had an interest in wrestling when he was small. As his father was also a wrestler. Sushil was trained in a Pehlwani wrestling school, but there was not good fund and a good trainer, so his family supported him.

For 2008 Olympic helped him and filling him with good supplement food. They use to send him tinned milk, ghee, fresh vegetables. Sushil is vegetarian and takes his supplement from vegetarian food.

Sushil has completed his graduation (B.P.E) and Post-graduation (M.P.E.) from Noida College of Physical Education. Now Sushil is an employee in Indian Railway as an assistant commercial manager.

Sushil Kumar Olympic Medals

In 2008 at Beijing Olympics, Sushil lost to Andrey in the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling.

Sushil wants to take a medal. In the second round, he defeated Doug Schwab in the first repechage round and Albert Batyrov in the second round.

In the last match, he defeated Leonid Spiridonov and won Bronze in 2008. A great victory by Sushil, that make proud to India and his Family.

In 2010, the world wrestling championship held in Moscow and Sushil become the first Indian to win a world title in wrestling. He gave a good start with the 66 Kg category and beat his favourite Alan Gogaev of Russia.

In the Commonwealth Games, Delhi in 2010, Sushil beat Heinrich Barnes 7-0 final in 66 Kg freestyle wrestling and won Gold Medal.

In the 2012 London Olympics, Sushil was the Olympic Flag Bearer for India at the opening ceremony. Sushil won Silver after losing his final round with Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu.

He was also in controversy by beating Kazakhastan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov. The Kazakh athlete complains about bitten by Sushil, but later he denied it.

2014 in Commonwealth games, Glasgow, Shushil Kumar defeated Qamar Abbas in 74 Kg and won a gold medal. 

2018 Commonwealth Games, Australia Shushil beat South Africa’s Johannes Botha in the final, and achieve a Gold medal. 

Sushil is now the face of India and gave wrestling a new turn. By his gesture, he also convinced many players to adopt wrestling. He has played many international championships where he gave a name to India in wrestling.


After achieving many competitions in wrestling, now Sushil is the face of India. Many Indian leading brands want to project him for their products.

Sushil has done advertising with Mountain Dew, Eicher Tractors and National Egg Coordination Committee etc.

He earns Rs. 10 million by this adding. He refuses the offer of Rs.5 million to appear in a surrogate ad for a leading liquor brand. 

Wrestler Murder Case

Sushil Kumar was also involved in a murder case of a Pylwan after a fight in Delhi Chatasal Stadium. The FIR was registered against Sushil Kumar in the litigation, and a search is currently being conducted for him.

Sushil Kumar Awards

Shushil gave India a winning medal and recognition in wrestling. He was awarded by Arjun award, Rajiv Gandhi award and prestigious Padma Shri award in 2011.

He also got different awards from different state government rs. 5 million by Delhi Government Rs. 2.3 million by Haryana Government, Rs. 2.5 million by the Steel ministry of India and many more cash awards.

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