KUMAR Sushil < Back  
Sport Wrestling - Freestyle
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 26 May 1983 in New Delhi, IND
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Savi, two children
Residence New Delhi, IND
Occupation Athlete, Railway Worker
Languages English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up wrestling at age 14 at the Chhatrasal Stadium's wrestling school in India.
Why this sport? His cousin Sandeep and his father were both wrestlers.
Club / Team Indian Railways: India
Name of coach Jagminder Singh [national], IND; Vladimir Mestvirishvili [personal], GEO; Satpal Singh [personal, father-in-law], IND
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for India
Tournament Asian Championships
Location New Delhi, IND
General Interest
Injuries He suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the 2018 Asian Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (indiatimes.com, 02 Mar 2018)

He suffered a shoulder injury that stopped him from competing for about a year following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (mid-day.com, 11 Sep 2013)

A shoulder injury caused him to miss the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (sportal.co.in, 01 Dec 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Perform to your potential, don't get bogged down by the pressure of expectations. Stay positive and have the right attitude to win." (dnaindia.com, 18 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours He was presented with the Padam Shri Award in 2011. (Facebook page, 23 Jul 2014)

In 2009 he was a joint winner of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, which is India's highest honour for sportsmen. (blog.taragana.com, 01 Sep 2010)

He won an Arjuna Award for 2006, India's second highest national sports award. (hindu.com, 18 Aug 2006)
Ambitions To win a third medal at the Olympic Games. (firstpost.com, 03 Apr 2018)
Other information NATIONAL FIRSTS
He became the first freestyle wrestler representing India to win three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games by claiming victory in the 74kg category at the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He had previously won gold medals in the 66kg category at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India, and in the 74kg category at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He became the first Indian wrestler to win gold at the world championships when he claimed victory in the 66kg category at the 2010 edition in Moscow, Russian Federation. (espn.in, 12 Apr 2018; indiatimes.com, 12 Aug 2012; BBC, 06 Apr 2012; SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018)

EARLY DAYS
He was inspired to take up wrestling by his father. "[He] was a fantastic wrestler but he gave up a promising career to work on the buses so that he could provide for our family. I remember when I first joined the academy at the Chhatrasal Stadium, I had to sleep in a dormitory with 20 other wrestlers. We didn't have much money so my parents brought me tinned milk, ghee and vegetables as I'm a strict vegetarian." (BBC, 06 Apr 2012)

OCCUPATION
He joined the Indian Railways under a sports quota programme that allows him to train and compete internationally. (Facebook profile, 22 Dec 2017; pib.nic.in, 20 Dec 2017)