Satpal Singh
Satpal Singh receives Dronacharya Award in 2009.jpg
Singh receives Dronacharya Award, 2009
Personal information
Born (1955-05-11) 11 May 1955 (age 67)[1]
Bawana, Delhi
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Event(s)82 & 100 kg freestyle
ClubGuru Hanuman Akhara
Coached byGuru Hanuman (Daronacharya awardee)
Medal record
Updated on 5 December 2014.

Satpal Singh (born 1 February 1955), also known as Guru Satpal, is a wrestling coach and former wrestler of India. He was a Gold Medalist in 1982 Asian Games and a Bronze medalist in 1974 Asian Games. Today he is better known as the coach of Olympic medal winners Sushil Kumar and Ravi Kumar Dahiya.[2][3]

He was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of India, in 2015.


Satpal was born on 1 February 1955 in Bawana village in Delhi. He was coached by the famous wrestling coach Guru Hanuman at Hanuman Akhara, Delhi.[4] Satpal was equally good in traditional kushti. In a 40-minute long fight, he defeated Hind Kesari Dadu Chaugule. However, he was later stunned by Yuvraj Patil on the 11 February 1984 at Khasbag Maidan, Kolhapur.

Satpal now works as Assistant Director of Education, Delhi. He is also the Chief Patron 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 Shri award.[5]

Awards and achievements



  1. ^ "Athlete Biography: Satpal Singh". The Official Website of the United World Wrestling.
  2. ^ Chakravertty, Shreya (26 August 2008). "Life in Satpal's akhada: Early mornings and lots of ghee". Indian Express. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ Amsan, Andrew (5 August 2021). "How Chhatrasal stadium and coach Satpal shaped Ravi Dahiya". The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 August 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Guru Hanuman Akhara chosen for the 2014 Rashtritya Khel Protsahan Puraskar". Jargran Josh. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Padma Shri Awardees". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.