Arjuna Awardee is conferred by the Government of India to persons who has outstanding achievements in field of sports. We are proud to present a brief profile of Wrestlers, who have been conferred this award.
Kaka Kishan Pawar - 1998
Employed with the railways, Kaka Kishan Pawar had a short but mentionable career in the wrestling arena. A 54 kg class wrestler Kaka Pawar has shown a particular liking for the more tougher Greco Roman style of wrestling and was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998.Though he came into limelight as early as 1989,Kaka Pawar earned his first Wrestling gold in the Senior national Championship in 1996.
He again returned back in 1998 to win back the gold on which he had put his stamp two years ago. A bronze medal in the Greco-roman style in international Takhti Cup tournament in 1996 in Iran that gave him a reputation of a tough wrestler. He was again in the Indian team for the International Takhti Cup in 1997and then went to take part in the International meet in Greece. He won a gold medal there.
Born of January 2, 1968 at Sundana village in Rohtak district of Haryana, Ashok Kumar Garg come to lime light when he won the 30th Mini Junior National Wrestling Championship at the age of 13. Thereafter he won the junior National Championship twice and was runners up on other two occasions. He made his debut in the Senior National Championship by claiming a Silver medal in Bhopal in 1987.
Thereafter he never looked back and won the Gold at Delhi, a feat he repeated six more times in Nationals held at Pune (1989), Varanasi (1991), Bhilwara (1992), Sangli (1993), Farukhabad (1993) and Patna (1994). As a Sub-Inspector (now Inspector) with the Central Industrial Security Force, he gave an equally brilliant performance in the All India Police Games, winning the Gold Medal in his weight category for five years in succession (1989 to 1994).
Ashok is Arjuna Awardee of 1993, besides these he is also the recipient of the State Award (1990) and the title of Sher-e-Hind (1990 & 1992) and Sher-e-Punjab (1991).During the International feats too, his performance was Brilliant winning Silver in Dunadin in NewZealand in 1991 and Gold in Victoria in 1993& Melbourne in 1995. He fetched Gold in 1993 SAF Games in Dhaka and 1995 World Police and Fire Games in Melbourne.
Ashok Kumar Garg - 1993
Ombir Singh - 1990
Four times national champion and an Arjuna awardee in 1990, Ombir Singh was born in Tajpur Village of Delhi. He started wrestling at the age of ten but won the first national championship in 1986.Thereafter he won the title three more times. He also represented the Industrial police at the All India Police meet winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals. A graduate from Delhi University Ombir made his international debut in 1987 in Russia.1989 was the best year in his wrestling career. He claimed a gold in the International wrestling Competitions at Syria as well as in the South Asian Federation Games in Islamabad.
In addition he begged silver both in the International Saddam Wrestling Championship in Baghdad and at Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Gold Cup International Wrestling Tournament in Delhi. He kept on winning medals at the highest level all these years but his greatest moment came when he won the gold medal at the Commonwealth wrestling Championship in New Zealand. After winning gold both inn freestyle and Greco-roman style in world police and fire games, Ombir Singh Called it a day. Thereafter he took a diploma in coaching and took to coaching of the budding wrestlers of the Central Industrial Security Force where he is employed as an inspector.
The Second disciple of westling legend Guru Hanuman to receive the Padma Shri, Kartar Singh was born into a familyh of wrestlers on 7 October 1953 at Sur Singh Wala village in Amritsar district of Punjab. He was a regular grappler in his school and went on to bag the wrestling championship in the National School Games.Introduced by the famed wrestler and film star Dara Singh to Guru Hanuman, Krtar Singh moved over to Delhi in 1974 and the next year was able to win the title of Bharat kumar. This was the beginning of the most distinguished wrestling careers that was to fetch him the title of ‘Punjab Kesari’, ‘Bharat Kesari’, Bharat Mal Samrat’. ‘Sher-e-Punjab’, ‘Hind Kesari’ and ‘Bomaby Mahapour Kesari’.
He was the National Champion from 1973 to 1988 and the All India Police Champion from 1977 to 1990. Selected to play against the visiting team from Iraq in 1976, he was the only one on the Indian side to floor the Iraqi wrestler in his weight category. He thrice participated in the Asian Games, winning a Gold in 1978 (Bangkok) and 1986 (Seoul) and Silver in 1982 (Delhi).
In Asian Championship, he claimed Gold in 1983 (Tehran) and Silver in 1979(Jalandhar) and 1980(Lahore). Declared the Best Wrestler among the foreign participants in the Pre-Olympic Games, he captained the Indian wrestling team to the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He won the Gold Medal at the Veterans World Championships held in Columbia in 1992, Toronto in 1993, Martiony (Switzerland) in 1997 and Bodex (France) in 1998.
Presently working as Superintendent of Police with the Punjab Police , Kartar Singh was awarded the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award by the Punjab Government in 1979. The Arjuna Award came to him in 1982 and the Padma Shri in 1987. In between he also earned the Moti lal Nehru Memorial Trophy with a cash Prize of Rs. 1 Lakh.