Army Subedar won medal in wrestling: Deepak Poonia won gold; Father used to deliver milk and fruits to Chhatrasal Stadium 60 KM away

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Deepak Poonia, born in a milk seller family in Chhara village of Jhajjar district of Haryana, won the gold medal for the country in wrestling in Birmingham. In the freestyle of 86 kg, he defeated Mohammad Inam of Pakistan in the final.

Deepak’s father Subhash, from 2015 to 2021, traveled five hours daily from home to the Chhatrasal Stadium, 60 km away, to deliver milk and fruits to Deepak himself. His family members only wanted Deepak’s diet to be better.

Deepak Poonia won the gold medal by defeating Mohammad Inam of Pakistan 3-0 in the 86kg freestyle.

Screw the initial bets learned in the village itself
Subhash Poonia told that Deepak learned the initial bets and tricks from coach Virendra Kumar in the wrestling arena of the village itself. He started going to the arena at the age of five. When he started winning medals in state and national, international wrestler and Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar took him to Chhatrasal Stadium. There Sushil and Mahabali Satpal guided him. He made arrangements for Deepak’s stay in the stadium.

Became champion in the first international competition
Deepak became the champion in his first international competition itself. Represented the country for the first time in 2016 at the Cadet World Championships. He won the gold medal in this championship. He became the world champion at the age of just 17. Won silver medal in 86 kg category in the 1st Senior World Wrestling Championships in 2019. From here he got a ticket to the Olympic wrestling team.

wanted to do job
Deepak Poonia was looking for a job with the beginning of wrestling. He wanted to earn some money to support his household, but his hard work paid off and one by one he became the world champion in the cadet (2016) and junior categories (2019). Also represented the country in Tokyo Olympics.

Deepak Poonia greets the audience after hitting Pakistan's Mohammad Inam in the final of freestyle wrestling in 86 kg weight.

Deepak Poonia greets the audience after hitting Pakistan’s Mohammad Inam in the final of freestyle wrestling in 86 kg weight.

Subedar in army since 2018
Deepak Poonia has been a Subedar in the Army since 2018. Father Subhash had told in an interview to Bhaskar that the financial condition of the house has improved after the son’s job. At the behest of Deepak, he stopped the dairy business. Deepak is the youngest of three siblings. He has two elder sisters and both are married. Deepak’s mother passed away last year.

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