Sangram Singh

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Sangram Singh
Born

Sanjeet Kumar[1][2]

2011–
21 July 1985
Madina,Rohtak, Haryana, India[3]
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra
Nationality Indian
Occupation Sportsman Wrestler/Actor|Motivational Speaker

Sanjeet Kumar (born 21 July 1985), better known as Sangram Singh, is an Indian wrestler, actor and motivational speaker.[1][2][4] He has also appeared in a number of reality television shows, such as Survivor India and was finalist of season seven of Bigg Boss in 2013. In July 2015, he won the Commonwealth Heavyweight Wrestling Championship that was held in South Africa.[5][6] He was awarded the title of World's Best Wrestler by the World Wrestling Professionals.[7]

Early life[edit]

Sangram is from a village Madina in Rohtak, Haryana. He was born in a humble family. Sangram was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was bound to a wheelchair for the first 8 years of his life.[8] His father, Umed Singh, is a retired army soldier. His mother Ramodevi is a homemaker. Sangram was an average student in school[9]

Career[edit]

Wrestling career[edit]

Sangram Singh started his career as a sportsperson with the Delhi Police in 1999.[10]

He was awarded the World's Best Professional Wrestler title by World Wrestling Professionals, South Africa in 2012 for his style, stamina and nature of wrestling.[11] It was during this fight that he nearly died - his opponent was on him for 10 minutes & he nearly suffocated.[5] He was named brand ambassador for the Wrestling Federation of India for 2014.[12]

In July 2015, Sangram won the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship after defeating Joe E. Legend in the Last Man Standing fight in Port Elizabeth.[13] Sangram was felicitated for his Commonwealth Heavyweight Professional Championship victory by the honorable Prime Minister Of India Shri Narendra Modi in Delhi[14]

Sangram won the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championships for the second time on March 27, 2016 by defeating South African Wrestler Ananzi, keeping the belt In India. The match was played at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.[15] Sangram has recently bought the rights to make a biopic on the life of Legendary Wrestler KD Jadhav who won the first Olympic for India in 1952. He is playing the titular role in the movie[16]

Social service and motivational speaking[edit]

Sangram has been involved in social service & conducts various motivational talks for corporate companies. He motivates youngsters at schools and colleges by sharing his life journey thus being a real life motivational coach.[17] He is closely working with Maneka Gandhi for Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre and People For Animal (PFA) as their Brand Amabassador.[18][19][20][21] He was the official motivational speaker for the Indian Army and for Indian wrestlers who were representing India in the Commonwealth Games.[22][23] Sangram has also been part of promotion to create awareness about voting in Haryana, his hometown.[24] Singh announced the launch of Champions Pro Khusti league in Dec 2015 in Mumbai. Sangram played his first International match in India in Chandigarh on Feb 6th 2016, whose proceeds were dedicated to the benefit of Cancer patients.[25] Recently Sangram Singh adopted 16 girls and 7 boys from his hometown Harayana and has sponsored their education. This is along with adoption of a school in Maharashtra.[26] [27]

Entertainment[edit]

Sangram shared his fitness mantra with Actress Raveena Tandon on her television chat show Simply Baatein.[28] Sangram also featured in Hrithik Roshan and Discovery India's television show HRX Heroes depicting stories of real life heroes. Sangram's journey from the wheelchair to being an International Professional Wrestler was shown in this show[29] DD Sports telecasted a panel discussion series titled 'Rio to Tokyo: Vision 2020' to encourage participation of female athletes in various fields of sports. A special show as part of the series was hosted by Sangram Singh at Haryana's MD University Rohtak on Dec 19, 2016.[30] Sangram graces the ramp as showstopper for the designers he believes in and has walked for quite a few like Sanjana Jon, Nitya Bajaj Birla, Dhruv Vaish in FDCI and is quite a craze among the female audiences for his humility and grace.[31]

Sportswear line[edit]

Sangram launched his sportwear range SGXbySangramSingh in Delhi on 17 March 2016 at FDCI, proceeds of which go towards the benefit of the common man. This launch was supported by celebrity Designer Rohit Bal and Sangram's fiancee actress Payal Rohatgi.[32]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Sangram received the title "Indian Affairs Indian of the year 2014 in Sports Leadership" at 5th Annual Indian Affairs founded by Satya Brahma at India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2014.[33] He gave a motivational talk to the students of IIT Delhi in February 2016 when he was invited to the institution as a Guest Of Honor.[34] Recently, a chapter on Sangram's life journey has been included in Hindi textbooks for children studying in the 7th standard.[35] A scholarship under Sangram Singh has been offered to students in a university who come from modest families.[36] Sangram was also appointed the brand ambassador for Haryana Kabaddi League that was organised in Haryana in June 2016.[37] Sangram was invited by AYUSH ministry and NDMC to Delhi as guest of honour to motivate youngsters on International Yoga Day 2016 by sharing his life story and talking about the benefits of Yoga.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Sangram Singh hails from Rohtak, Haryana. His parents are Umed Singh and Ramodevi. He has a brother and a sister. Born in the village of Madina, Sangram fought rheumatoid arthritis and got up from wheelchair to become a wrestler representing India. He also had a brief stint in Delhi Police. Sangram and actress Payal Rohatgi got engaged on 27 February 2014 at a ceremony in Payal's hometown Ahmedabad.[39] He is also a registered organ donor.[40]

Television[edit]

Show name Channel As
Khatron Ke Khiladi- season 3 Colors Himself
100% - De Dhana Dhan Colors Himself
Sacch Ka Saamna Star PLUS Himself
Big Toss India TV Himself
SuperCops vs Supervillains Life OK Inspector Sangram
Badi Door Se Aaye Hai SAB TV Armaan Kumar
CID (Indian TV series) Sony TV Wrestler Sangram
Tau aur Bhau Live India Host
Simply Baatien With Raveena Sony Pal Himself
HRX heroes Discovery India Himself
IRT India History TV18 Himself
Rio to Tokyo: Vision 2020 DD Sports Host

Movies[edit]

2015 Uvaa[41] Sports Coach

Wrestling[edit]

Year competition Location Category Place/Medal
2003 49th Senior Men Greco Roman Style National Wrestling Championship Ranchi 120 kg Second / Silver[42]
2005 World Senior Wrestling Championship Budapest (Hungary) 96 kg Participated[43]
2006 Johnie Reitz Big-5 Wrestling Competition (Open Championship) Johannesburg (South Africa) 96 kg Gold medal[44][45]
2007 All India Open Wrestling Competition Delhi 110 kg Gold / First[46]
2015 Commonwealth Heavyweight Championships Port Elizabeth, South Africa last man standing Winner[47]
2016 Champions ProKhusti Mohali, Chandigarh, India defeat Robbie E Winner[48]
2016 Commonwealth Heavyweight Championships Port Elizabeth, South Africa defeat Ananzi Winner[49]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Award By About the Award
2016 Best Sportsperson & TV personality Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Award[50] This award was initiated by the nephew of the former President of India and an acclaimed NGO.
2012 World's Best Wrestler of 2012[51][52] WWP[53] WWP is a Professional Wrestling Federation in South Africa. Sangram was selected for the award from the 118 Wrestlers in WWP.
2010 Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Ekta Samman AINUC[54] All India national Unity Conference (AINUC) is an organizing conducting conferences, seminars and symposia to stress the need of unity and integrity. The Award is presented for achievements in various areas of life.
2010 Crown Award Young Men's Association of India[55] Young Men's Association of India is an NGO headed by president Amit Swami who is a promoter of bodybuilding in India. The honour is presented for Sangram's achievements in wrestling.

Reality shows[edit]

References[edit]

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  48. ^ "Sangram Singh wins Champion's Pro Kushti inaugural bout". The Times Of India. 7 Feb 2016. 
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