Rio medallist Sakshi Malik engaged to fellow champion wrestler

Sakshi Malik Engaged

CHANDIGARH: This match was made in the wresting ring – literally.

Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik on Sunday got engaged to her fellow wrestler and long-term boyfriend Satyawart Kadian, who is also a Commonwealth Games medal winner, in Rohtak.

The engagement ceremony was a private affair with only the family members of the two attending the event. Satyawart’s father Arjuna awardee Satyavan Pehelwan said the wedding day was not yet confirmed.

Asked whether it was an arranged marriage, he replied, “They’ve known each other. The marriage has been planned at the initiative of both the families.” While Sakshi had won a bronze in the 58kg category in Rio, Satyawart grabbed a silver in 97kg in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Satyawart, 22, is two year younger to Sakshi and trains at his father’s akhada in Rohtak, while Sakshi has been training at Sir Chhotu Ram Stadium Wrestling Academy in the same city . Both the families are settled in Rohtak, Haryana.

Satyawart rose to fame in the 2013 World Youth Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, when he became the only Indian wrestler to win a medal.
Sakshi was given the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after her performance in Rio. The news of Sakshi’s engagement has come a week after another Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt got engaged+ to daughter of a Congress leader on October 9 in Sonipat.