Kartar Singh

Padama shree 1987

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.

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