Sakshi Malik (born 3 September 1992) is an Indian freestyle wrestler. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country. She is a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program, along with fellow female wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.
Malik had previously won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha. Chandgi Ram’s daughters, Sonika and Deepika, sowed the seeds of encouraging girls to take up the women’s wrestling in the 1990s, his protege Mahavir Singh Phogat’s daughters (Phogat sisters) revolutionized wrestling, and then Sakshi Malik won an Olympic medal, which had now led to big change in mentality towards women playing wrestling due to the role of like Master Chandgi Ram and Mahavir Singh Phogat.
Awards and recognition
- Padma Shri (2017) – fourth highest Indian national honour
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2016) – highest sporting honour of India
- Multiple cash prizes totaling over ₹5.7 crore (US$790,000) from the Indian Railways, the Indian Olympic Association, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Government of Delhi, various state governments, including Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, from private bodies such as the JSW Group and from political groups including the Indian National Lok Dal.
- Promotion to gazetted officer rank by her employer, the Indian Railways.
- Class 2 job offer from the Government of Haryana.
- 500 yd2 land grant from the Government of Haryana.
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