Some Interesting and Least Known Facts about Sakshi Malik


Sakshi Malik is one of the 35 athletes from the Indian Railways to represent the nation at the biggest sporting event of the world – Rio Olympics 2016. Indian Railways awarded Sakshi Malik with Rs 50 lakh for the win, as its employee.

In a society where a large section still believes that women should be confined to their homes, Sakshi was given full support by her parents. Haryana's child sex ratio is the worst in the country with 846 girls per 1,000 boys, and that is why Malik’s inspiring performance becomes all the more significant.

Bronze at the 2010 Junior World Championships, Gold at the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament, silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Bronze in Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha. Now, the 1st woman wrestler of India to win an Olympic medal.

Now Check out the 10 least known facts about Sakshi Malik that you didn't know.


1. Sakshi began flourishing quickly at the sub-junior and junior level and even claimed a bronze medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships in the 59kg category. Her first notable achievement in senior circuit was at the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament in 2014 where she defeated American Jennifer Page, the Junior World bronze medallist to take the 60 kg gold.

2. Her parents, despite not being associated with sports, fully backed their daughter and did everything possible to help her fulfill her dreams. From arranging for her coaching to taking care of her nutrition and diet, they ensured that their daughter got all the help that she needed.

3. It was not easy as Dahiya had to constantly resist protests from locals who were against the training of girls. Things slowly changed and they became more accepting as the girls from the akhara started to shine in competitions. Sakshi herself faced a difficult situation of her own, trying to balance wrestling with studies. But constant support from her alma mater – the Vaish Public School and the Vaish Girls College – helped ease the pressure.

4. The young Malik got interested in wrestling when she was 12, and she began her journey in the sport when she joined her current coach Ishwar Dahiya’s akhara at the Chotu Ram stadium in 2004. She started honing her skills by training with boys initially.

5. Sakshi Malik was born on September 3, 1992 in the Mokhra village of Rohtak district in Haryana. Her father Sukhbir Malik holds a job with the Delhi Transport Corporation while her mother Sudesh is a government employee.

6. Her biggest accomplishment before Rio was at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland where she captured the silver medal in the 58kg category. After two good wins over Edwige Ngono Eyia of Cameroon and Braxton Rei Stone of Canada, she was beaten by Aminat Adeniyi of Nigeria 0-4 in the final and had to settle for the second place.

7. Her Olympic medal has also got her Rs. 2 crore from the Government of Haryana, along with a state land grant; Rs. 50 lakh from the Indian Railways as its employee; Rs. 20 lakh from the Indian Olympic Association; Rs.15 lakh from the JSH Group and Rs. 1.01 lakh from Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who is also the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for Rio 2016.

8. One of her earliest motivation to take up Wrestling was that this was her only chance to get into a plane. She thought that If I get to play International matches I will be able to sit in an aeroplane.

9. In a society where a large section still believes that women should be confined to their homes, Sakshi was given full support by her parents. Haryana's child sex ratio is the worst in the country with 846 girls per 1,000 boys, and that is why Malik’s inspiring performance becomes all the more significant.

10. In her early years and for most of her career, Sakshi Malik had lived in Geeta Phogat's shadow. In December 2015, Sakshi overcame Geeta in the Pro Wrestling League and last month at the national trails, she dominated Geeta 8-1 to be part of the Asian Olympic qualifier team for Astana.

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