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| The Indian Railways organized a function here today to felicitate Shri Sushil Kumar for his becoming the first Indian wrestler to win a Gold medal in the World Championship, Moscow in the 66 - kg men’s freestyle category. Shri Sushil Kumar is an officer in Northern Railway. The Minister of State for Railways, Shri K. H. Muniyappa handed over a cheque of `10 lakh as a Railway Sports Promotion Board’s (RSPB) award and a memento to Shri Sushil Kumar. This RSPB award is in addition to a special Railway Minister’s award of ` 10 lakh which was announced by the Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee yesterday and which will be given to Shri Sushil Kumar later on. |
In the beginning of the function, Shri Muniyappa read out a message from Mamata Banerjee to Shri Sushil Kumar for his historic, marvelous achievement which made India and Indian Railways proud. The text of the message of Mamata Banerjee is as under :
“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. 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’.”
Interestingly, Mamata Banerjee also spoke to Sushil Kumar on mobile phone in the middle of the felicitation function and again congratulated him for his achievement.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Muniyappa said that it is a great day for the sports fraternity of the Railway family which is now jeweled with another world champion in wrestling with Railway sportsman Shri Sushil Kumar winning gold in the World Championship 2010.
Congratulating Shri Sushil Kumar for attaining a prominent place in the world of sports, Shri Muniyappa said that Railways are proud and privileged to have Shri Sushil Kumar as a member of its large family. The Minister hoped that Shri Sushil Kumar would continue to bring laurels to the Railways and to the nation as a whole.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vivek Sahai said that Railways will facilitate in all possible ways to fulfill the professional and sports ambitions of Shri Sushil Kumar and will go an extra mile to help Shri Sushil Kumar in all respects to achieve his dreams in life.
In his brief address, Shri Sushil Kumar thanked the Ministry of Railways for all the support and encouragement. He also specially mentioned of taking blessings from Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee before going to Moscow for the championship.
Railways’ Wrestler Shri Sushil Kumar won the Gold Medal after defeating Russian Gogaev to win the 66 kg freestyle title in the World Championship in Moscow, on 12th September, 2010 to become the first Indian to win a World Wrestling Championship Gold Medal. He has created history in Indian sports with this spectacular achievement in Moscow. During this championship, he earlier defeated Akrtidas of Greece, Martin Sebastian of Germany and Buyan Jav of Mangolia in the second, third and fourth rounds. He had got a bye in the first round. In the semi-finals, Shri Sushil Kumar defeated Hussan Javrayil of Azerbaijan.
Shri Sushil Kumar was awarded by Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009, the highest award for any sportsperson. His first success was at the age of 15 when he won the Gold Medal in the World Cadet Games in 1998. Subsequent to this, he has been consistent in his wins, the notable among them include : Gold in Asian Jr. Championship in 2000, Bronze in Asian Wrestling Championship 2003, Gold in Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in 2005 & 2007, Bronze in Asian Games, Doha 2006, Bronze in Asian Wrestling Championship 2008, Bronze in Olympic Beijing Games 2008 and now Gold in World Wrestling Championship 2010.
Shri Sushil Kumar is the third Railwayman to have podium finish in World Wrestling Championship. Earlier, Railway Sportspersons who brought glory to the nation included Shri Bishambar Singh and Ramesh Kumar who had won a silver and a bronze in the earlier World Wrestling Championships in 1967 and in 2009 respectively.
Also present on the occasion were Sushil Kumar’s guru Shri Satpal and his coach and trainer, Shri Yashveer, other sportpersons belonging to Railways and senior officials of Ministry of Railway and Railway Sports Promotion Board.
(Photograph of the function is available on PIB website pib.nic.in)