Can you name few Indian Wrestlers ?
In India, the sport is governed by the Wrestling Federation of India, and the United World Wrestling governs amateur wrestling and Olympics Wrestling. Today, wrestling techniques have been integrated with other hand-to-hand combat systems, including military combat and martial arts. The all-time best wrestlers in India are Sushil Kumar, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav and the ‘Great’ Gama.
- Ghulam Muhammad: Also known as the ‘great’ Gama, Ghulam Muhammad was the first leading wrestler in India. During the pre-partition era, Ghulam played as a Phelwan wrestler and was awarded the Indian version of World Heavyweight Championship. His career spanned for over 50 years, during which he was majorly undefeated. After the partition, Gama moved to Pakistan.
- Sushil Kumar: A pioneer Indian wrestler, Sushil Kumar wrestles freestyle and has won 2010 world title in wrestling (66 kg). He also won a silver in 2012 Olympics and a bronze in 2008 Olympics. Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2009, he is one of the premier participants in Pro Wrestling League. In 2014, he participated and won the gold medal in 74 kg division at the Commonwealth Games.
- Yogeshwar Dutt: An Indian Wrestler from the state of Haryana, Yogeshwar Dutt’s international career has spanned across a decade. He began international championships in the 2004 Summer Olympics, and has won a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and played for the Pro Wrestling League. Awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013, he is well known for his winning streaks during the competitions.
- Geetika Jakhar: A popular female wrestler, Geetika was the first Indian woman wrestler to be judged as the Best Wrestler at the 2005 Commonwealth Championships. She has won medals at Asian Games, Commonwealth Wrestling Championships and Commonwealth Games. Currently, she is serving as the Deputy Superintendent of police under the government of Haryana. She is also responsible for developing the Sports’ Excellence Program in the country.
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