Sushil Kumar birthday: Lesser known fun facts about the Indian wrestler

May 26, 2016, 13:04 IST | mid-day online correspondent

On Olympic medal winning Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar's birthday, we give you some interesting facts and fun trivia that you may not know about him.

Sushil Kumar
Sushil Kumar. Pic/ AFP

>> Sushil Kumar is a vegetarian. He has also appeared for a PETA pro-veg campaign

>> Sushil began to train in wrestling at age 14. His cousin, Sandeep, who was a local wrestling champ, was his biggest inspiration.

>> His parents are his biggest strength as well as inspiration.

Sushil Kumar was the first wrestler to win the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

>> Sushil Kumar's favourite cricketer is Virender Sehwag

>> Besides wrestling, Sushil loves football. His favourite footballer is Lionel Messi.

>> In 2012, Sushil Kumar refused an offer of appearing in a surrogate ad for a top liquor brand.

>> During the 2012 London Olympics, Sushil was the flagbearer for India.

>> After being an Officer on Special Duty for a year, in 2013, Sushil Kumar was appointed as Northern Railway Sports Association's Administrative officer.

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