Vijay Kumar Yadav is an Indian judoka who won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022. He competes in 60kg men’s category.
Vijay Kumar Yadav was born on Monday, 15 April 1996.age 26 years; by 2022) in Sulemapur Village, Harhua Block, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Aries.
height: 5′ 5″
weight: 60 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: brown
parents and siblings
His father Dashrath Yadav works in an agricultural machinery manufacturing company in Chandigarh. His mother’s name is Chinta Devi. He has two sisters and two brothers. His brother Ajay Yadav is a soldier in the Indian Army. and his other brother, Vikas Yadav, is a sports coach and bus driver.
Vijay started his training in wrestling at a training center in Lalpur, Varanasi. Thereafter he continued his training at Dr. Sampoornanand Sports Stadium, Sigra, Varanasi. There, he began to develop an interest in judo. At the training centre, he met Indian judo coach Kashi Naresh Yadav, and Vijay shared with him that he wanted to play judo. In 2008, the King of Kashi asked her to join a sports academy in Saharanpur and start her training in Judo. Vijay agreed to it and after training there for a few years, he trained in Judo at the Sports Authority of India, Bhopal unit. Vijay has since participated in various national and international judo competitions such as Asian Open in Hong Kong in 2018, Commonwealth Championships in Walsall in 2019, Budapest Grand Prix 2019, World Championship Senior 2019 and Tel Aviv Grand Slam 2021.
Vijay Yadav participated in the Commonwealth Games in August 2022. He won the bronze medal in the judo under 60 kg men’s category by defeating Petros Christodoulides of Cyprus.
- 1 January 2014: India U21 Championship Shillong, Meghalaya
- 27 February 2017: India Championship, Chennai
- 13 March 2018: India Championship, Jammu
- 10 November 2018: Commonwealth Championship, Jaipur
- 25 September 2019: Commonwealth Championship, Walsall
- 13 December 2019: India Championship
- 30 September 2012: Asian U17 Championships, Taipek
- 13 February 2015: National Games of India, Kerala
- 4 January 2019: India Championship, Visakhapatnam
- 11 December 2013: Asian U18 Championship, Hainan
- 11 February 2014: India Championship, Himachal Pradesh
- 21 December 2014: India Championship, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
- 1 December 2018: Asian Open, Hong Kong
- 30 November 2019: Asian Open, Hong Kong
- 1 August 2022: Commonwealth Games, Birmingham
2019: Laxman Rajya Puraskar by Uttar Pradesh Government
Facts / Trivia
- When he was 7 years old, he took admission in a wrestling training center which was 22 km away from his village and located in Lalpur, Varanasi. He used to cycle to the training center every day. Sometimes, he used to take the lift to reach the training centre. Even the financial condition of his family was not good. In the initial years of his training, his family was not able to provide him with a proper diet. Hence, Vijay shifted to a hostel at the Sports Authority of India Center in Lucknow. Recalling those days in an interview, he said,
Our financial condition was not good, it improved a bit when my brother got a job in Indian Army. The second brother is a bus driver. I have worked very hard to get here. I have won many gold and silver medals in All India University Championships as well as Junior and Senior National Championships. I have also participated in Asian Games and won gold medal in Commonwealth Judo Championships in 2018 and 2019.
- In 2020, during an interview, Vijay shared that he wanted to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, but could not qualify. he said,
It was the toughest time when I could not qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020. Now, I am fully prepared to face any challenge. I will definitely win a gold medal in my first appearance at the Commonwealth Games. My next target will be to get gold in the Paris Olympics. After winning the medal in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, I will request the state government to give me a job so that I can continue my practice without any financial constraint.