Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||His interest in boxing started at the age of 14 in his town of Bhiwani.
|Why this sport?
||He visited his brother at the SAI hostel, India's famous boxing school, in Bhiwani. "Every day, I took him food and milk from home," said Kumar. "Soon I became interested in boxing myself. I was told boxing would ensure a good career and a regular income."
|Club / Team
||Bhiwani Boxing Club: Bhiwani, IND
|Name of coach
||Jagdish Singh, Gurbax Singh Sandhu [national]
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||saddoboxing.com, 22 Sep 2009
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning gold in the light heavyweight division at the 2006 South Asian Federation Games in Colombo, Sri Lanka and qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. (Hindustan Times, 27 Mar 2008)
||In 2007 he damaged his right thumb ligament, which required surgery. (Hindustan Times, 27 Mar 2008)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Sometimes the best things in life are achieved when one listens to his instinct and doesn't think too much on how things will pan out." (Hindustan Times, 27 Mar 2008)
||BHIWANI BOXING TOWN
Kumar comes from the famed boxing town of Bhiwani in the state of Haryana. "The chief national boxing coach G.S. Sandhu called Bhiwani the 'Cuba of India', a title the town has earned in the last decade by doggedly nurturing a deep-seated passion for boxing among its rural youth." The town produced a record four boxers that represented India at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one of which was Kumar, and three boxers for the 2004 Athens Olympics. (indiatoday.intoday.in, 10 Jul 2008)