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Satpal (सतपाल), Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, was born on 1 February 1955 in Sehrawat clan family in Bawana village of Delhi.

National Heavyweight Champion

He is the National Heavyweight Champion for as many as 16 times. He is also known as Guru Satpal, is a wrestling coach and former wrestler of India. He was a Gold Medalist in 1982 Asian Games and a Bronze medalist in 1974 Asian Games.Today he is better known as the coach of two time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar.[1]

Titles crowned with

Satpal has been crowned with several wrestling titles which include:

  • Bharat Kumar (Delhi 1973),
  • Rustom-e-Hind (Ludhiana 1974, Pune 1975 and Rohtak 1975),
  • Bharat Kesari (Delhi 1975),
  • Rustom-e-Bharat (Kohlapur 1975),
  • Maha Bharat Kesari (Jaipur 1976),
  • Mahan Bharat Kesari (Delhi 1976),
  • Rustom-e-Zama (Pune 1976),
  • Hind Kesari (Ghaziabad 1977),
  • Bharat Shri (Delhi 1978) and
  • Bharat Balram (1979).

He won the Silver Medal in each of the three Commonwealth Games he competed i.e. Auckland in 1974, Edmonton in 1978 and Brisbane in 1982. But he picked up Cold Medal in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships held in Edmonton (1979) and Perth (1981). He won Bronze Medal in the 1974 Asian Games in Teheran but went on to claim a Silver Medal in the 1973 edition of the Games held in Bangkok.

He also settled for a Silver Medal in the 1979 and 1981 editions of the Asian Wrestling Championship, He thrice participated in the World Championships, finishing 4th in Teheran, 5th in Mongolia and 6th in Amsterdam.

"Mahabali" Satpal now functions as Deputy Director of Education, Delhi.

Awards and achievements

Padma Shri award - 1983

He was awarded Dronacharya Award in 2009 by the Indian Government. Earlier in 1983 he has been awarded by the Padma Shri award.[3]

Padma Bhushan 2015

He was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of India, in 2015.

External Links


  1. Life in Satpal’s akhada: Early mornings and lots of ghee Indian Express, August 26, 2008
  2. Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs
  3. "Padma Shri Awardees"

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