SOME FACTS

The Jat community, turned out to be the nation’s flag bearer at the mega sporting event. Commonwealth Games 2010.

There are 50 athletes from Haryana competing at the Games, of which a remarkable 24 have won medals. The gold haul includes two shooting gold medals won by Harpreet Singh, a Jat Sikh. Seven Jat girls from Haryana and three Jat Sikh girls from Punjab have also added to the medals list.

It’s been called the ‘Jatification’ of Indian sport. There were 50 Jats in the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games and they won 27 of India’s 101 medals, or more than a fourth. If you count the four Jats in the hockey team, then actually 31 of the 50 players won medals. While Jat men have been traditional powerhouses in sports like wrestling, it’s the emergence of the Jat woman, exemplified by discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who won the country’s first track and field gold in 52 years and Mandeep Kaur and Manjeet Kaur who won the 4x400m relay which suggests a real breakthrough moment.

Social scientists will point to a co-relation between community, environment and sporting success. The Masai tribesmen put Kenya on the world map with their natural aptitude as steeplechasers and middle-distance runners. The Ethiopian tribes became renowned marathon runners. Runners of West African descent – be they from Jamaica or the United States – are born to run fast. Perhaps, we now need to consider that the muscular Jats are built to wrestle or throw the discus (not to forget cricket too, blessed by the original Jat sporting icon, Kapil Dev Nikhanj, unarguably India’s finest fast bowler, and now by Virender Sehwag, the most destructive opening batsman the country has produced).

JAT girl Sakshi Malik gives India 1st medal in 2016.

Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) were the only other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics.

World Class Atheltes

When you decide to do something, you want to beat the whole world at it, and doesn’t matter if you are Jat or Jatni.

 

SUSHIL KUMAR

A champion wrestler par excellence, Sushil Kumar is a pivotal name among those who have succeeded in bringing back India to it’s glory days in the field of wrestling. Kumar comes from humble roots, born in a small village near Delhi to a father who was a bus driver. However, with true focus and grit, he went on to forge a sparkling career in international sports.

Among his achievements, which are many, the ones that stand out are gold medal in the 66 kg freestyle category at the 2010 FILA World Wrestling Championships, silver at the 2012 London Olympics, gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. With the bronze in Beijing, Kumar became the second wrestler from India after K D Jadhav to bag a medal in the sport at the Olympics.

Kumar has been conferred the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for his contribution to the sport. His other achievements include leading the Indian contingent at the London Olympics, bearing the tricolor at the opening ceremony and being the final baton bearer for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

VIJENDER SINGH

Vijender Singh Beniwal is Indian boxer who is well known as the first India boxer to win an Olympic medal, a feat he achieved in Beijing four years ago when he made a semifinal finish for a bronze medal. He started boxing after getting inspired by his elder brother Manoj, who was a former boxer himself. Manoj was a relatively successful boxer and was able to enter the Indian Army on the basis of boxing credentials, from here he opted to support his younger brother and his practice. Vijender was quickly recognized as a special talent and moved up the ranks rapidly. 

SAINA NEHWAL

No mention of contemporary Indian sportspersons and their achievements is complete without the name of this young gun from Hyderabad. Saina Nehwal made India proud when she recently regained her World No 1 ranking in the Badminton World Federation Womens Singles list, something only one other Indian player had managed earlier (Prakash Padukone).

Her biggest achievements include a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, winning the Indonesia Open in 2009 and bagging the World Junior Badminton Championship title. Recently she won the 2015 India Open Grand Prix and bagged the silver at the World Badminton Championships in Jakarta, becoming the first Indian women to achieve the latter.

Nehwal is known as one among the few key players from across the globe who managed to successfully break the Chinese monopoly over this sport and continues to be an inspiration for young girls everywhere. She has been awarded the Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri for her contribution to sports.

KAPIL DEV

Kapil Dev’s debut for India was a decent one and was a sign of things to come in the future. He is regarded as the best fast bowler that India has ever produced. He is still considered as one of the greatest all time all-rounders among the likes of Hadlee, Botham, Sobbers etc. He lead India to the 1983 World Cup triumph which nobody expected. His innings of 175 in the same World Cup against Zimbabwe is considered as one of the best and important knocks for India. He held the record for highest Test wickets with 434 wickets, which was later broken by Courtney Walsh. With the all round abilities he had, he transformed the Indian team in to a competetive unit. 

The Haryana Hurricane made his first class debut for Haryana in 1975, from there on his consitent performances along with his pace and bounce made him break in to the Indian team.

VIRENDER SEHWAG

Time has gone like the wind, an era ends with the last warrior of the fabulous five biting the dust. Virender Sehwag, affectionately called as ‘Viru’ by fans and his colleagues, decided to put curtains down on his more than a decade-long enviable international career. A week ago, India’s best ever opening fast bowler Zaheer Khan bid adieu to international cricket, and now it was the turn of arguably India’s best ever opening batsman to call it quits.

When the news of Viru’s retirement flashed on the T.V, I felt like I was stabbed from behind. I knew well, there was little chances that I could see the 37-year-old swashbuckling batsman donning the Indian jersey once again, but, maybe because of my unrealistic optimism, I couldn’t accept the fact as it is. Not just me, I’m sure it was indeed a heartbreaking moment for all the kids who loved Sehwag’s audacious batsmanship.

YUVRAJ SINGH

Yuvraj has always been the man for big occasions. The team has always counted on him in big ICC tournaments and he has always delivered.  He was India’s man of the tournament in the 2007 World T20.

He was the player of the tournament in the 2011 ODI World Cup as well.Way back in 2007 during the inaugural World T20 in South Africa, MS Dhoni was leading a young Indian side for the first time in his career.

After getting off to a jittery start against Pakistan and winning in a bowl-out, the Men in Blue surpassed expectations and got the desired results.Up against England in their group stage encounter, the Indian openers got the side off to a flying start and were looking on course to achieve a big score in the first innings. With Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni at the crease, the legendary Andrew Flintoff chose the wrong day to rile up Yuvraj.

ASHISH NEHRA

Ashish Nehra has been many things during his career, and not all of those things have been good. He has oscillated between being a hero and a villain faster than you can say ‘no-ball’, and his love-hate affair with the Indian public has made for quite a story.

Now, at 36 years of age, he is an integral part of the Indian T20 team, and yet the jokes and memes haven’t left him. But we at jat news think that Nehra is a huge asset to Indian cricket, both with his bowling and his demeanour. There will never be another like him, clearly.

SAKSHI MALIK

A bronze medal at the Rio Olympics has seen Sakshi Mallik enter the top 5 of the 58 kg Wrestling world rankings on Monday. The 4th ranked grappler is now the only Indian wrestker to be ranked in the top 10 of the United World Wrestling (UWW) rankings, after becoming the country’s first female Olympic medallist in the sport. Injured Vinesh Phogat also climbed up to spots to 11th in the 48 kg category, despite an untimely quarter-final retirement.

KRISHNA POONIA

Krishna Poonia is a national woman discus throw champion of India. She led an Indian clean sweep in the women’s discus final on 11 October 2010, winning the Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medal with a throw of 61.51 metres. The beginning fo her sports career saw her winning the bronze medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. She also won gold medal in the 46th Open National athletics championships beating Seema Antil and Harwant Kaur. On 8 th May 2012, Krishna recorded her personal best of her career at a distance of 64.76 metres which became a new national record. Krishna is also credited as the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in track and field events of Commonwealth games and the first Indian to win a gold medal in such events after Milkha Singh who had won the gold in Men’s 440 yards race in the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games.

JAI RAM JAT

Losing his father at a very young age, Jairam the eldest in the family of three (two brothers and one sister) has had his share of struggle. Working as daily wager worker in Kolputi, a village in Jaipur district in Rajasthan, and later moving to Chandani chowk in Delhi to lift luggage (cooly) has faced his shares of woes in life. But, at the end all the commitments and desire to be somebody in life paid off.

“Being the eldest in the family and in the absence of my father, I had to work to meets ends for the family,” said Jairam. Further adding, “I was asked to fetch for myself if I wanted to study, and I started working as a daily labourer and finished my X standard. Thereafter I went to Delhi and in chandani Chowk worked a s a cooly and completed my XII,” said Jairam who in the process sent money back home.

“And as I was going though rough weather I was told that Army were recruiting jawans in Delhi and I was selected, things changed for me and my family in the year 2000,” said Jairam about his rough enroute to the road of success. But, it was only after he started playing basketball things turned good for this Jat.

“Thanks to my height, I picked up the game well and soon was selected to represent Army in the inter Services meet. That was the beginning and I went on to make the most of it, thanks to basketball, today people known me not because of anything but because of basketball,” said Jairam, the oldest member of the third edition of UBA, professional basketball league being played in Pune while talking to Sportskeeda.

And in the last 16 years, Jairam has represented the country at the Asian Games and also led the team in many internationals. “Yes, I am proud of captaining the Indian side, but for basketball I would have been nothing, basketball has given me a new lease of life,” said Jairam.

He did win gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1958 for the 400m (then 440 yards) event and also at two separate Asian Games in the 400m, 200m and 4×100 relay events.

Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia, the one-armed Javelin thrower from India, is an absolute genius when it comes to excelling at his sport. He shot into limelight after winning Gold in F46 Javelin at the 2004 Summer Paralympics held in Athens. Not only did he win a medal, Jhajharia also created a world record in that event with a throw of 62.15m. On Sept. 13, 2016, he broke that record with a throw of 63.97m to establish a new one while on his way to a second Paralympic gold medal. It was a historic moment for the country as Devendra became the first Indian to win two Gold medals at the Paralympics/Olympics

A native of the Churu district in Rajasthan, Jhajharia has seen a great deal of adversities in his life and has been riddled with several problems, which he had to battle to reach so far. Unlike most other para-athletes, his disability is the direct result of a near fatal accident.

Babita Phogat

Babita Kumari dished out her best at the 2015 World Championship in Las Vegas but fell in the quarterfinal hurdle to a formidable Chinese opponent – in fact, she was the lone Indian woman grappler to reach the quarterfinal stage even as most of her team-mates made early exits. The 2012 World Championship bronze medallist is now setting her sights on qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics after none of the Indian women grapplers could secure Olympic berths at the 2015 World Championship. The 25-year-old Haryana girl, employed with Haryana Police as an Inspector, talks, amongst other things, about the Bollywood movie Dangal, in which Aamir Khan is playing the role of her father Mahavir Singh Phogat in an exclusive interview.

“Being the eldest in the family and in the absence of my father, I had to work to meets ends for the family,” said Jairam. Further adding, “I was asked to fetch for myself if I wanted to study, and I started working as a daily labourer and finished my X standard. Thereafter I went to Delhi and in chandani Chowk worked a s a cooly and completed my XII,” said Jairam who in the process sent money back home.

“And as I was going though rough weather I was told that Army were recruiting jawans in Delhi and I was selected, things changed for me and my family in the year 2000,” said Jairam about his rough enroute to the road of success. But, it was only after he started playing basketball things turned good for this Jat.

“Thanks to my height, I picked up the game well and soon was selected to represent Army in the inter Services meet. That was the beginning and I went on to make the most of it, thanks to basketball, today people known me not because of anything but because of basketball,” said Jairam, the oldest member of the third edition of UBA, professional basketball league being played in Pune while talking to Sportskeeda.

And in the last 16 years, Jairam has represented the country at the Asian Games and also led the team in many internationals. “Yes, I am proud of captaining the Indian side, but for basketball I would have been nothing, basketball has given me a new lease of life,” said Jairam.

DEEPA MALIK

Elation awaited the country after India managed to bag a third medal at the Paralympics going on in Rio. After a gold and a bronze, India’s Deepa Malik managed to register a performance worthy of a silver medal. Ranked seventh in the world before this competition, Deepa is perhaps the most well-known face of para-sports in the country with incomparable contributions across various spheres.

In Rio, she registered a personal best throw of 4.61 m in F53 Shotput. As a child, she was diagnosed with a tumor that inhibited all functions of her spinal cord. As things stand, she is currently unable to feel anything below the chest and is wheelchair bound.

BAJRANG PUNIA

Indian wrestlers’ golden run at international competitions continued at the 2017 Asian Championships with Bajrang Punia staging a comeback to win a gold medal in the 65kg freestyle category.  Punia was fighting against South Korean Seungchul Lee and trailed 2-0 at the break but showed enough character to fight back and win by a 6-2 margin.

Punia played a smart attacking game post the break and speaking to the press after his victory said, “My strength is my stamina and I played accordingly. I was told by my coaches and mentor to attack more and I followed the strategies well to come out as a winner.” 

GEETA PHOGAT

The 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games is my most satisfying achievement because it came in front of the home crowd. I know competition in the World Wrestling Championship is stiffer than Commonwealth Games, but winning in your own backyard is special.

I’m determined to go beyond my bronze medal finish at the 2012 World Wrestling Championship and change the colour of my medal. My preparations have been good so far – keeping my fingers crossed!

VINESH PHOGAT

Vinesh Phogat is India’s brightest medal prospect at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Grown up in Haryana, the cousin of India’s first women wrestler Geeta Phogat, announced her arrival on the world stage by clinching bronze at the Asian Wrestling Championships in 2013. The reigning Commonwealth Games champion wrestles in the 48-kg category and has put up some world-class performances in recent years. After being disqualified for being 400 gms overweight in the penultimate Olympic qualifying tournament held in Mongolia, Vinesh won a gold medal in the last qualifying tournament to book a place at the Olympics in Istanbul, Turkey.

KHETA RAM

Hav Kheta Ram from JAT Regiment haS been selected for Athletics in Full Marathon category.

OLYMPICS 2016

heta Ram will be taking part in the Rio Olympics, as he is going to participate in the marathon event at the Games. He has been working really hard and hopes to break a few records at the Games, and win a medal for India. Let us now take a look at 10 things about the athlete:

#1 Kheta Ram is a long distance runner who was born on 20 September, 1986 in Khoksar, Rajasthan. He used to run 4km every day to his school, which helped him train for the marathon races in the future.

SANDEEP SINGH

 Hav Sandeep Singh from Jat Regiment has been selected for Athletics in 50 km walk event.

OLYMPICS 2016

“It was my first Olympics and I took a lot of pressure on myself. The burden of representing the country on such a big stage and not getting properly acclimatised to the conditions set me back. The weather here (in Delhi) was ideal and being a national event I wasn’t under much pressure,” admitted the Jat Regiment havildar.

Another reason for Sandeep’s big-competition jitters could be lack of exposure at international events. The walking contingent has been making regular trips to Portugal for training in recent years. But participation in big events is rare.