Sanjay Singh (WFI) Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Archana Singh
Father: Nand Lal Singh
Hometown: Varanasi

Sanjay Singh

Full nameSanjay Kumar Singh
ProfessionSports Administrator
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Age Not Known
HometownKashi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
AddressFlat No. C-4, Krishna Apartment, Bridopur, Mahmmorganj, Varanasi-221010, Uttar Pradesh
ControversiesBacklash over WFI elected executive committee
In December 2023, Sanjay Singh was elected the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) but many wrestlers reacted negatively to Sanjay Singh's victory because Brij Bhushan Singh, who was charged with harassing women wrestlers sexually, supported him, and was one of his closest allies. Following his victory, wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Vinesh Phogat spoke to the media at the Press Club of India during which they claimed that the government had broken its promise to keep Brij Bhushan's family members and associates out of the election process. Sakshi later declared her retirement from professional wrestling by setting her shoes on the table and saying,
"If Brij Bhushan Singh’s business partner and a close aide is elected as the president of WFI, (then) I quit wrestling."
Vinesh also expressed his dissatisfaction during the interview and said,
"He (Sanjay Singh) is Brij Bhushan’s right-hand man. He is more special to him than his own son. Now that he is president, the coming batch of women wrestlers will also fall prey."
Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Sakshi Malik (left to right) at the press conference in New Delhi
Regarding the protesting wrestlers, Sanjay Singh stated in an interview,
"Kaun kya bol raha hai, kya nahin bol raha hai, usse hume koi matlab nahin. (What someone is saying, or not saying, doesn’t matter to us.) We have no ill will towards any wrestler. Whoever will join us and wrestle well will be welcome. This is not just our victory; it is also the victory of the wrestlers."

Suspension of WFI by Sports Ministry
On 24 December 2023, the Sports ministry suspended the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) following a controversial announcement made by the newly-elected Wrestling Federation of India executive committee regarding the organization of the U-15 and U-20 national trials, in which the ministry argued that the wrestlers weren't provided sufficient time notice for adequate preparation. In a statement released by the sports ministry, it said,
"The new body has not followed the WFI constitution. We have not terminated the Federation but suspended it until further orders. They just need to follow the due process and the rules." [1]The Economic Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseArchana Singh
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter(s)- 2
• Jigyasa Singh
ParentsFather- Nand Lal Singh
Mother- Gyanati Devi

Sanjay Singh

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjay Singh

  • Sanjay Kumar Singh is an Indian sports administrator. He is an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).  He won the election to become the Wrestling Federation of India’s president in December 2023.
  • In 2008, Sanjay Singh became the district president of the Varanasi Wrestling Association. He was elected vice president of the Uttar Pradesh Wrestling Association in 2009. He afterwards held a position on the executive council of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). He was named Joint Secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India’s Executive Committee in 2019. On 21 December 2023, Sanjay Singh became the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). In the WFI election, he defeated gold medallist Anita Sheoran with a vote share of 40–7. Following his win in the WFI election, Sanjay Singh, in an interview said,

    The election was in our hands from the first day itself. Voting happened and whatever was supposed to happen, happened. The truth prevailed. We had faith because of the amount of work we have done for wrestlers. Pehelwaan jaante hain yahi se hi unka bhala hone wala hai. (The wrestlers know that only we can take care of their needs.) They know that everything was shut for the last 11 months. Wrestlers weren’t able to compete (under the Indian flag), everything was shut and all the wrestlers had become forlorn. Those conditions were enough to tell us that victory was ours.”

  • Sanjay Singh comes from a family of farmers. Every year during Maha Shivaratri, he and his family would organise a mud wrestling competition in their town, called mitti ki kushti.
  • Sanjay shares a very tight bond with the Bhartiya Janata Party MP Brij Bhushan Singh Sharan. Brij Bhushan Singh was the WFI president before Sanjay Singh. On 15 June 2023, Bhushan was accused of harassing female wrestlers sexually, but he denied all of the charges. In an interview, while talking about his relationship with Brij Bhushan, he said,

    We have the relationship of an elder and younger brother. We know each other from the time when both of our families would organise kushti in Kashi and Ayodhya.”

  • A report claims that Singh has been instrumental in improving the social standing of female wrestlers from Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region. [2]Hindustan Times