Bajrang Punia was born in a remote village in Haryana. He began wrestling at the age of 7. He took a keen interest in free sports like wrestling & kabaddi. With a supportive family & wrestling superheroes to look up to, he moved to Delhi to pursue his ambition. Here, training under Yogeshwar Dutt, Bajrang followed his passion diligently and kept a razor-sharp focus on his Olympic goals, avoiding mobile phones for years to keep the distractions away.
Success followed the hard work. A silver and 2 bronze medals at World Championships, a gold & silver at Asian Games, a gold & silver at Commonwealth Games, 2 golds, 3 silver & 2 bronze at Asian Championships, a silver at U23 World Championships & a gold at Asian Indoor Games – the list is long and highlights his illustrious career.
He has also received national recognition in the form of Arjuna Award (2015), Padam Shri (2019), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2019) & FICCI India Sports Award (2020).
For the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Bajrang practiced under Ronald Sims to increase his agility, reflexes and feet & body movement on the mat, adding a toofani punch to his existing repertoire.
Let’s all cheer for Bajrang while he prepares to represent India at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.