Age: 28 Years
Wife: Sangeeta Phogat
Hometown: Jhajjar, Haryana
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 166 cm
in meters– 1.66 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 65 kg
in pounds– 143 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||– Chest: _ 52 Inches
– Waist: _ 30 Inches
– Biceps: _ 14 Inches
|Medals||• Olympic Games – 1 Bronze
• World Championships- 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
• Asian Games- 1 Gold, 1 Silver
• Commonwealth Games- 1 Gold, 1 Silver
• World U23 Wrestling Championships- 1 Silver
• Asian Championships- 2 Gold, 4 Silver, and 2 Bronze
• Commonwealth Championships 2 Gold
|Awards||• 2015: Arjuna Award
• 2019: Padma Shri Award
• 2019: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
|Date of Birth||26 February 1994 (Saturday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||28 Years|
|Birthplace||Khudan, Jhajjar, Haryana, India|
|Hometown||Khudan, Jhajjar, Haryana, India|
|College/University||The regional centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Sonepat, India|
|Educational Qualification||Wrestling training at the regional centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Sonepat, India.|
|Controversy||Bajrang Punia once openly criticised the government policy of giving the Khel Ratna Award. He said that he would move to the court to question them about the policy of giving the honour. Reportedly, Virat Kohli got the honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards with an achievement score of Zero, while Bajrang had the highest score of 80.|
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||25 November 2020|
|Wife/Spouse||Sangeeta Punia (wrestler)|
Father– Balvan Singh Punia
Mother– Om Pyari Punia
|Siblings||Elder Brother– Harendra Punia|
|Sports||Basketball, Football, River Rafting|
|Wrestler||Yogeshwar Dutt, Captain Chandrup|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Bajrang Punia
- Bajrang Punia is a renowned Indian freestyle wrestler. In 2021, he came into the limelight after he won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the 65 kg wrestling category.
- According to Bajrang Punia, he started practising wrestling when he was seven years old. His father encouraged him to pursue wrestling as a career. As he had a good athletic physique, he wished to participate in sports but his family did not have enough money to enrol him in sports academies for training. This led him to participate in free sports like Wrestling and Kabaddi.
- Bajrang’s father and elder brother were once well-known wrestlers, who enrolled him in a local wrestling school. To practice wrestling, Bajrang used to skip school. In 2008, he joined the Chattarsal Stadium, where he received his wrestling training from Ramphal Mann.
- In 2013, Bajrang participated in the Asian Wrestling Championships, which was his debut international tournament and won a Bronze medal for India. He then went on to participate in several wrestling championships including Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and several national and international tournaments and won many medals.
Bajrang Punia while wrestling
- After winning several medals for India, the Government of India posted him as a Gazetted officer at OSD Sports in the Indian Railways.
- In a conversation with a media house, Bajrang Punia once disclosed that he enjoyed gaining knowledge from the elders of his village.
- In 2015, his family shifted to Sonepat, where he was enrolled in a regional centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
- According to the family members of Bajrang, he was named after an Indian god Lord Hanuman as Bajrang was born on Tuesday, which is considered an auspicious day to worship Lord Hanuman.
- Apart from wrestling, Bajrang loves playing Basketball and Football.
Bajrang while playing basketball
- In his leisure time, Bajrang likes dancing.
- According to Bajrang Punia, he used to participate in several local wrestling competitions to earn money before becoming a professional wrestler.
- Bajrang’s personal coach is renowned Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, and Bajrang wishes to become like Yogeswar Dutt.
Bajrang Punia with Yogeshwar Dutt
- Bajrang became the first Indian wrestler who won a Gold medal for India in Asian Games in 2017.
- In 2018, Bajrang Punia won a silver medal at the 2018 World Wrestling Championship, and upon this win, he was considered the World No. 1 in the 65 kg category.
Bajrang Punia meeting Narendra Modi
- Bajrang Punia won a gold medal at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria in a wrestling championship and dedicated this medal to the Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
- On, 25 November 2020, Bajrang Punia and his fellow wrestler, Sangeeta Phogat got married in Village Balali in Haryana. Soon after his marriage, he posted a heartfelt note and his marriage picture with Sangeeta on his Instagram account. He wrote,
Today, I have chosen my life partner and it feels like I have gained another family. I am starting a new chapter in my life and I am both happy and excited for the journey ahead. Thank you for your love and wishes.”
Bajrang Punia on his wedding day
- Soon after winning a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Bajrang was felicitated with ₹30 lakh (US$39,000) from the Government of India, ₹2.5 crores (US$330,000) from the Government of Haryana, ₹25 lakh (US$33,000) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and ₹25 lakh (US$33,000) from the Indian Olympic Association.
Bajrang Punia after winning a Bronze medal in 2020
- Bajrang remains very active on various social media platforms. He often shares pictures and videos on social media. Over 539k people follow his Instagram account. On Facebook, he is followed by more than 761k people. Over 323k people follow his Twitter handle.