Wrestler Bajrang Punia among Top 30 Under 30 HT Youth Forum 2017
In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. They are from fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. Among them is Bajrang Puniapunjab Updated: May 25, 2017 18:11 IST
The gold digger: Bajrang Punia, 23
At 23, Punia has emerged as one of the finest wrestler in the country. He won the gold medal in the Asian Championship held in New Delhi recently. Earlier, he had won back-to-back silver medals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, and later in Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Secret sauce: Hard work coupled with passion and sincerity.
Inspiration: “Yogeshwar Dutt. Not only is he my senior but also my mentor who has guided me.”
Challenges facing India: “Education, healthcare and employment. We must tackle these three issues for the future generations.”
Uplifting feature: “We have such a rich and diverse culture, yet we are one. We need to preserve this uniqueness.”
The road ahead: “I will do my best to win gold in the World Champions later this year.”
As an agent of change:‘We as sportspersons are brand ambassadors of our country. By winning at the international arena we can motivate youngsters to channel their energies better.”
By the way: Punia enjoys Haryanvi folk songs
To know more about the other achievers click here
First Published: May 24, 2017 19:21 IST