DUTT Yogeshwar < Back  
Sport Wrestling - Freestyle, Wrestling - Greco-Roman
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 02 Nov 1982 in Sonipat, IND
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Sheetal Sharma, one son
Residence Karnal, IND
Occupation Athlete, Police Officer
Languages Hindi, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began wrestling at age eight in Sonipat, India.
Why this sport? He was inspired to take up the sport by Balraj Pehlwan, an acclaimed Indian wrestler.
Club / Team Haryana Police: India
Name of coach Narendra Hillal [personal], IND
General Interest
Nicknames Manish, Yogi (jyololaberry.wordpress.com, 05 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career His father. (ndtv.com, 29 Sep 2014)
Hero / Idol Indian wrestler Balraj Pehlwan. (yogeshwar-dutt.com, 08 Apr 2013)
Injuries A knee injury forced him to pull out of the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas, NV, United States of America. (news18.com, 08 Sep 2015)

He was unable to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, after tearing his right medial collateral ligament [MCL] two months before the event was due to begin. (deccanherald.com, 05 Sep 2013)

A back injury forced him to miss the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (khaleejtimes.com, 20 Sep 2014; ndtv.com, 27 Oct 2013)

He tore his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in 2009. He was unable to wrestle for six months. (kushtiwrestling.blogspot.com, 22 Feb 2010)

A knee injury affected his preparation for the 2006 Asian Games. (india.com, 11 Sep 2014; yogeshwar-dutt.com, 22 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Wrestling is my life." (Facebook profile, 05 Jun 2018)
Awards and honours He was presented with the Padma Shri Award by the Indian government in 2013. (indianetxone.com, 25 Sep 2013)

In 2012 he was given the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. (indiatimes.com, 29 Aug 2012)

He has received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government in recognition of his achievements in wrestling. (hindustantimes.com, 29 Aug 2009)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (kreedon.com, 24 Jan 2018)
Other information TRAINING ACADEMY
He runs a training academy in Sonipat, India, where young wrestlers from different parts of India can train free of charge. "I want to give the country a new generation of wrestlers who will get India medals on the international stage. There are around 200 young wrestlers at my academy who are not only from Haryana, but also come from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Hyderabad and Maharashtra. By the 2024 Olympics, I can guarantee that my academy will produce three to four wrestlers who will win medals for the country. My sole purpose is to prepare good wrestlers for the country." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 28 Mar 2018)

His trademark move is the 'fitele', where he twists an opponent's leg. "Fitele is my favourite technique and I try to use it in all my bouts. That is one technique which I try to use first and it works more often than not. Also, there is no risk in this technique." (ndtv.com, 05 Aug 2014)