Indian wrestler, Sangram Singh won the World Wrestling Professionals (WWP) Commonwealth Wrestling Heavyweight Championship on July 18. The championship was held at Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Sangram Singh signed a death contract before the match. He became the first Indian in history to do so.
The Commonwealth Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, was the ‘Last Man Standing’ match and Sangram Singh planned his return in wrestling through this match after a three year break. Sangram defeated Canadian wrestler, Joe Legend to win the title of WWP Commonwealth Wrestling Heavyweight Championship Sangram Singh nearly died during his fight. His opponent was on top of him for over 10 minutes and Sangram nearly suffocated to death. Born in a village in Rohtak, Sangram Singh started his career as a sportsperson with Delhi Police in 1999. He was born as premature child, at an early age he got paralysis and was in a wheel chair for 8 years. His willpower to make him great wrestler and his career in wrestling took him around the world, but he was let go from the Delhi police force due to him not getting timely permissionfor a wrestling trip to Italy in 2007.
In 2012, Sangram Singh was awarded the World’s Best Wrester of 2012 by WWP. He was selected for the award from other 118 wrestlers. In 2010, All India National Unity Conference (AINUC) awarded Sangram Singh with Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Ekta Samman for his achievements in life.In 2010, Young Men’s Association of India awarded Association of India is an NGO which promotes bodybuilding in India and presented Sangram with the award for his achievements in wrestling. Sangram Singh is the brand ambassador of People for Animal and Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre.