Sunil Kumar is an Indian wrestler. He secured a bronze medal in the men’s Greco-Roman 87 kg event at the 19th Asian Games and a gold medal in the men’s 87 kg Greco-Roman category at the 2020 Asian Championships.
Sunil Kumar was born on Wednesday, 29 September 1999 (age 24 years; as of 2023) in Dabarpur village, Sonipat district, Haryana, India. His zodiac sign is Libra.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 90 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 42″, Waist: 32″, Biceps: 16″
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Ashwini Kumar, who was a farmer, and his mother’s name is Anita Devi. In 2010, his father died in a road accident. He has two elder brothers named Monu Kumar and Sumit Kumar and an elder sister named Renu.
He is unmarried.
His father wanted Sunil to be a wrestler. He began his training at the Sports Academy of Nidani, Jind. After the demise of his father in 2010, he decided to quit wrestling; however, with the encouragement of his mother, he continued his journey as a wrestler. He initially started his wrestling career as a freestyle wrestler, but transitioned to the Greco-Roman format in 2015. He made his international debut with the 2016 Asian Junior Wrestling Championship. He went on to win medals in numerous international wrestling competitions. In 2019, he reached the finals of the Asian Wrestling Championship held in China; however, he was defeated by Hussain Ahmed Nouri of Iran in the final match. In 2020, he created history by winning a gold medal after 27 years in the Greco-Roman category of the Asian Wrestling Championship, which was previously won by Pappu Yadav in 1993. In October 2023, Sunil secured a defeated Atabek Azisbekov from Kazakhstan with a score of 2-1, earning him the bronze medal in the men’s Greco-Roman 87kg category at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
In December 2017, Sunil enlisted in the Air Force as an airman. After one year of service in the Air Force, he made the decision to join the Railways as a TT in November 2018, at the request of his family members.
- 2016: Bronze medal in the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship
- 2017: Bronze medal in the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship
- 2018: Bronze medal in the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship
- 2018: Gold medal in the Asian Under-23 Championship
- 2019: Silver medal in the Asian Wrestling Championship
- 2019: Gold medal in the Asian Under-23 Championship
- 2020: Silver medal in UWW Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series
- 2020: Gold medal in the Asian Wrestling Championship
- 2023: Bronze medal in the 19th Asian Games
- In 2007, his father, Ashwini Kumar, went to a wedding where he met some Pehelwans (wrestlers). He was so impressed by the honour given to the wrestlers at the function that he decided that one of his children would become a wrestler.
- His father made Sunil and his brother, Sumit, run a race in a muddy crop field to decide which one of them would become a wrestler as Ashwini Kumar was not financially stable to pay for a rich diet and specialised, resource-heavy training of more than one person. Since, Sunil won the race, his father decided to make him a wrestler.
- In an interview, while talking about his family’s financial condition after his father’s death, Sunil’s brother said,
In 2010, we lost our father in a road accident. It was very difficult for us. Sunil’s school fees, room, board and diet in Nidani cost us some seven thousand rupees a month. That’s very expensive for us, but we managed somehow. There are times when our mother would take loans just to pay for his expenses. We even leased out our farmland for money. We had a couple of buffaloes and the milk of one of them was kept just for Sunil.”