Railways felicitates wrestler Sushil Kumar
The Indian Railways today felicitated Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar for becoming the first Indian wrestler to win a gold medal in the World Championship in Moscow.india Updated: Sep 14, 2010 19:59 IST
The Indian Railways on Tuesday felicitated Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar for becoming the first Indian wrestler to win a gold medal in the World Championship in Moscow.
Sushil Kumar, who is an officer in Northern Railway, was awarded a cheque of Rs 10 lakh as a Railway Sports Promotion Board's (RSPB) award along with a memento by the Minister of State for Railways, KH Muniyappa.
This RSPB award is in addition to the Rs 10 lakh cash award which was announced by Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday and will be given to Sushil Kumar later on.
"My personal congratulations on becoming the World Champion. It is the spirit, drive and dedication like yours that leads to personal achievement and National glory," a message from Mamata Banerjee said.
"You met the challenge with determination, strength and total confidence. Congrats! Your victory is a 'victory for the Rail Pariwar and dedicated to the Nation'."
Banerjee also spoke to Sushil Kumar on mobile phone in the middle of the felicitation function and personally congratulated him for his achievement.
Speaking on the occasion, Muniyappa said that it is a great day for the sports fraternity of the Railway family which is now jeweled with another world champion.
Muniyappa said that Railways are proud and privileged to have him as a member of its large family and hoped that Sushil would continue to bring laurels to the Railways and to the nation as a whole.
Sushil thanked the Ministry of Railways for all the support and encouragement.
Sushil became the first Indian to win a gold medal after defeating Russian Gogaev to win the 66 kg freestyle title in the World Championship in Moscow on 12th September.
Sushil was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009, the highest award for any sportsperson.
His first step towards success started at the age of 15 when he won the gold medal in the World Cadet Games in 1998.
He also won a gold in Asian Jr Championship in 2000, bronze in Asian Wrestling Championship 2003, gold in Commonwealth Championship in 2005 and 2007, bronze in Asian Games, Doha 2006, bronze in Asian Wrestling Championship 2008.
But it was the bronze in Beijing Olympic Games 2008 and now gold in World Wrestling Championship 2010 that brought him in the limelight.
Sushil is the third Railwayman to have podium finish in World Wrestling Championship. Other Railway sportspersons who brought glory to the nation included Bishambar Singh and Ramesh Kumar who had won a silver and a bronze in the 1967 and in 2009 editions.
Also present on the occasion were Sushil Kumar's mentor Satpal and national coach and trainer Yashveer.