Udey Chand

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Udey Chand
Born (1935-06-25) 25 June 1935 (age 83)
Jandli village, Hisar District, Haryana[1]
Occupation Sports wrestler, wrestling coach
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Udey Chand
Medal record
Representing  India
Men's Freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling
FILA Wrestling World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1961 Yokohama Freestyle
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1970 Edinburgh Lightweight
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1962 Jakarta Men's Freestyle 70kg
Silver medal – second place 1962 Jakarta Men's Greco-Roman 70 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1966 Bangkok Men's Freestyle

Udey Chand (born 25 June 1935) is a retired Indian wrestler and wrestling coach who was the first individual world championship medal winner from independent India.

He was awarded the first Arjuna Award in wrestling in 1961, by Government of India.[2]

Early life

Chand was born on 25 June 1935 in Jandli village of Hisar district and currently resides in Hisar.[3][4]


He started his career with the Indian Army. He created history by winning a Bronze Medal in Light Weight (67 kg) Freestyle at 1961 World Wrestling Championships at Yokohama.[5][6][7] During his bout against the eventual world champion Mahamed-Ali Sanatkaran he was particularly unlucky as referees judged his throwing down of the opponent outside the area and the bout ended in a 1-1 draw.[8] For his achievements he was conferred the first Arjuna Award in wrestling in 1961 by President of India,.[2]

He participated in three Olympic Games namely Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 and finished with a creditable 6th Rank in Mexico City.[9]

He took part twice in Asian Games winning two silver medals in 70 kg Freestyle as well as 70 kg Greco-Roman at 1962 Asian Games Jakarta and won a bronze medal in 70 kg Freestyle at 1966 Asian Games Bangkok. In addition to these he participated in four different world wrestling championships i.e. Yokohama 1961, Manchester 1965, Delhi 1967 and Edmonton 1970. He signed off his glittering career with a befitting gold medal at 1970 British Commonwealth Games held at Edinburgh, Scotland.[10]

He remained an undisputed national champion in India from 1958 to 1970.[citation needed]

Later life

After retiring from Indian Army he joined Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar as a coach and rendered his services from 1970 to 1996. During his time as coach he groomed many international level wrestlers and guided the university team to many All Indian Inter University Championship triumphs.[citation needed]

Currently he lives in Hisar and still actively assists budding wrestlers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Udey Chand". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Arjun Award Winners for "Wrestling" Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Ministry of Youth Welfare & Sports, Government of India Official Website
  3. ^ "What makes Haryana the champ". The Tribune (Chandigarh). 10 August 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. ^ [1], FILA Official Database .
  5. ^ "Sushil Kumar is World wrestling champion". The Hindu. 12 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Sushil Kumar's gold brings cheer to tainted Indian wrestling". Sify.com. 13 September 2010.
  7. ^ Preobrazensky, Sergei Wrestling is a Man's Game Progress Publishers Moscow, 1981, P. 11.
  8. ^ Udey Chand Biography sports-reference.com
  9. ^ Medal tally by sport, Commonwealth Games Federation Official Website
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