Mahavir Singh Phogat


Mahavir Singh Phogat is a senior Olympics Coach and an amateur wrestler. Mr Phogat’s coaching efforts in the combat sports industry received due recognition when his daughter, Ms Geeta Phogat, not only helped India win the 1st Gold Medal in women’s wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games but also qualifying as the only Indian women wrestler for the Olympics. Likewise, his coaching helped his other daughter, Ms BabitaPhogat, win a Bronze at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships. Such accomplishments inspired even noted film makers like Amir Khan, who produced a blockbuster and award-winning movie called ‘Dangal’ based on Mr. Phogat’s life journey and contribution towards wrestling and made the sport super popular not only in India but world over. Phogat was awarded the Dronacharya Award by the Government of India in 2016. Mr. Phogat has himself been trained in the watchful eyes of Chandgi Ram, who won a gold medal in the men’s 100kg category at the 1970 Asian Games and represented India in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. It was during this training that Mr Phogat was probably exposed to a mindset that shaped him for the future.