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Geetika Jakhar Arjuna Award Awarded In 2006

Geetika Jakhar

Geetika Jakhar

Award Name : Arjuna Award

Year of Award : 2006

Award for : Sports and Games

Location : Agroha, Haryana, India


Geetika Jakhar is an Indian wrestler. He was born on 18 August 1983 in Agroha, India. She is the first women wrestler in the history of Indian sports to be judged the Best Wrestler of the 2005 Commonwealth Championships. For her extraordinary achievements in the field of sports, the government of Haryana has appointed her to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police. She is currently being supported by JSW Sport under the Sports Excellence Programme. Geetika won the gold medal in the 67 kg category in the junior Asian championship in Kazakhstan in June this year. Geetika was actively participating in sports at a school level with her focus being athletics. But the turning point came when her family moved from her native village Agroha to Hisar to provide a better education for her younger brother and her. In an attempt to competitively pursue athletics, her father had taken her to the Mahabir Stadium in Hisar but they returned disappointed without finding any coach. In the nearby wrestling hall, young Geetika was drawn to other girls practising wrestling. She was given the title of Bharat Kesari and adjudged the best wrestler, besides being honoured with the prestigious Bhim Award by the Haryana Government. In 2006, She received the Arjuna Award.