Satpal born on 1 February1955 in Bawana village in Delhi. He was coached by the famous wrestling coach Guru Hanuman at Hanuman Akhara, Delhi.
Satpal now works as Deputy Director of Education, Delhi. He is also the President of School Games Federation of India. He runs an Akhada for coaching of wrestling with fellow coach Virender Singh from 1988 in Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi. He trained two time Olympic medal winner, Sushil Kumar for the Beijing Olympics 2008 and London Olympics 2012.
He was awarded Dronacharya Award in 2009 by the Indian Government. Earlier in 1983 he has been awarded by the Padma Shriaward. Satpal Singh, famously known as Mahabali Satpal, has won many famous battles on the mat and was much feared by his opponents in the 70s and early 80s. A gold medalist in 1982 Asian Games and a bronze medalist in 1974 Asian Games, he is now a much revered coach and has the likes of Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt as his trainees.
Satpal: I had a very humble beginning. We belong to a farmer’s family and in our time we did not have the kind of infrastructure this generation enjoys. So it was tough initially. Today I try very hard to provide everything to this generation what we could not get in our time.
India’s love affair with wrestling is ages old. However, the digital era had made the seduction of cricket and other spectator sports so irresistable that wrestling gradually took a backseat for Indians. The sport, like shooting, needed icons to reclaim its old glory. And 3 medals in two Olympics have helped it do just that.
But behind those three medals, there was one name – that of Satpal Singh fondly referred to as Mahabali Satpal. A formidable force on the mat himself and a star of India’s wrestling scene in the 70s and 80s, Satpal’s akhada now trains many starry-eyed young wrestlers, who, inspired by Bhaiya Sushil (Kumar) and Yogeshwar Dutt feat, want nothing less than an Olympic medal.
Satpal has fought obstructive bureaucracy and public apathy for the sport to help his wards successfully make the transition from akhadas to the Olympic mat. His achievements have found due recognition and he has been awarded Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, Padma Shri and also Padma Bhushan, making him clearly the most decorated of Indian coaches.
1. Guru Satpal, is a wrestling coach and former wrestler of India.
2. He was a Gold Medalist in 1982 Asian Games and a Bronze medalist in 1974 Asian Games.
3. Today he is better known as the coach of two time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar.
4. He was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
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