Bajrang Punia is currently one of India’s best wrestlers and is India’s biggest hope for a medal in wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics. His consistent performances have earned him a bronze medal in the 2019 World Championships and a silver medal in the 2021 Asian Championship in Almaty among several other international medals.
Punia took his first international medal in 2013, when he won a Bronze at the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships held in Delhi. Ever since Punia stepped on the mat he knew it was his passion, and has been representing India internationally since.
He took silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Asian Wrestling Championships and more recently 2018 World Wrestling Championships. Punia took home 2 gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games.
Bajrang Punia’s idol is his father. Punia said that his father played a very big role is shaping his wrestling career and did not make him feel like they were facing a financial difficulty. Punia’s road to success has not been an easy one, but it was his parents who have been the most supportive in his journey.
Bajrang Punia’s father Played a Big Role in his Journey to the Tokyo Olympics
Bajrang Punia hails from the Khudan village in Haryana’s Jhajjar district. Bajrang was born in 1994 to Balvan Singh Punia and Om Pyari Punia and is the youngest among 3 siblings. Punia grew up in rural India and came from a fairly poor family. Growing up, his family was not financially equipped for Bajrang to pursue traditional sports.
Punia was encouraged to take part in free sports like wrestling and kabaddi. At the young age of 7, Bajrang Punia was encouraged by his father to take up wrestling. Punia’s father was a wrestler as well, and started him at a local mud wrestling school.
After Punia started to get serious about wrestling, his family shifted to Sonepat in 2015, so that he could attend a regional centre of Sports Authority of India. He recently got married to wrestler Sangeeta Phogat in November 2020 in a closed ceremony in Haryana.
Bajrang Punia’s parents are very proud of his achievements, and will be his biggest supporters as he makes his way to the Tokyo Olympics in the hopes of winning a medal.