Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2005
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Najafgarh, NCT, India
Sushil Kumar is an Indian sportsmen participating in the game of wrestling and got a chance to represent India in 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. In 2012 Olympics he won Silver Medal in 66 kg men's freestyle wrestling category. He also had bagged gold medal in 2010 FILA World Wrestling Championships and bronze medal in 66 kg Freestyle Wrestling event in 2008 Olympics. He was honored to be the flag bearer of India in the London Olympics opening ceremony held on 27th July 2012. He was born on 26th May 1983 in Baprola in Najafgarh in Delhi. He got his training at Akhada Wrestling School in Chhatrasal Stadium. He is employed as Assistant Commercial Manager in Indian Railways.
His first success came at the World Cadet Games in 1998 where he won the gold medal in his weight category, followed by a gold at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000. Moving out of the junior competitions, in 2003 Kumar won the bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships and a gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. Kumar placed fourth at the 2003 World Championships, but this went largely unnoticed by the Indian media as he fared badly in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, placing 14th in the 60 kg weight class. He won gold medals at the Commonwealth wrestling championships in 2005 and 2007. He placed seventh in the 2007 World Championships and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the first person to win two Olympic medals for independent India. Kumar was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2006 and a coveted Padma shree by the Indian Government in 2011.