As the plaudits keep flowing for Sakshi Malik for her medal-winning performance at the Rio Olympics, her family announced that she would be marrying fellow wrestler Satyawart Kadian. Kadian himself has won medals in multiple medals at various international competitions.
According to reports, the two had agreed upon the wedding before Malik had left for Rio to compete in the Olympics.
Satyawart Kadian first represented India in the 2010 Youth Olympics where he won a bronze medal. In the 2013 World Youth Wrestling Championships, he was the only Indian to return with a medal having won a Bronze against Turkish opposition.
Kadian then represented India in the 2014 Asian Wrestling Championship where he won a bronze medal. He has further represented India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and the Asian Games in the same year. He competed in the 97 kg weight-class and returned with bronze medals both times.
Sakshi Malik became the first medal-winner for India in the Rio Olympics 2016 by winning bronze against reigning Asian Champion Aisuluu Tynybekova. In the process, she also became the Indian woman wrestler to win a medal in the Olmpics. She, alongwith silver-medal winning shuttler PV Sindhu, has received various plaudits including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour in the country.
Both Sakshi Malik and Satyawart Kadian hail from Rohtak, Haryana, and belong to wrestling families. According to reports, Satyawart was one of the first people to congratulate Sakshi after she clinched India’s first medal in Rio.