Vijay Kumar Yadav (Judoka) Wiki, Height, Age, Family, Biography & More

Vijay Kumar Yadav is an Indian judoka, who won a bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. He competes in the 60 kg men’s category.


Vijay Kumar Yadav was born on Monday, 15 April 1996 (age 26 years; as in 2022) in Sulemapur village, Harhua block, Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Aries.

Physical Appearance

Height: 5′ 5″

Weight: 60 kg

Hair Color: Black

Eye colour: brown

Vijay Kumar Yadav


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 Kumar Yadav's parents

Vijay Kumar Yadav’s parents

Ajay Yadav, brother of Vijay Kumar Yadav

Ajay Yadav, brother of Vijay Kumar Yadav


Vijay started wrestling training at a training center located in Lalpur, Varanasi. After this he continued his training at Dr. Sampurnanand Sports Stadium Sigra, Varanasi. At the training center, he often watched judo players practice and developed an interest in the sport. At the training center he met Indian judo coach Kashi Naresh Yadav and expressed his desire to play judo. In 2008, Kashi Naresh asked him to join a sports academy in Saharanpur and start his training in Judo. Vijay agreed to this and after training there for a few years, he continued his training in Judo at the Sports Authority of India, Bhopal unit. After this Vijay participated in various national and international judo competitions like Asian Open 2018, Commonwealth Championship 2019, Budapest Grand Prix 2019, World Championship Senior 2019 and Tel Aviv Grand Slam 2021.

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Vijay Kumar Yadav at Budapest Grand Prix 2019

Vijay Kumar Yadav at Budapest Grand Prix 2019

Vijay Yadav participated in the Commonwealth Games in August 2022. He won the bronze medal in Judo in the under 60 kg men’s category by defeating Cyprus’s Petros Christodoulides.

Vijay Kumar Yadav on winning bronze medal at Commonwealth Games 2022

Vijay Kumar Yadav on winning bronze medal at Commonwealth Games 2022



  • 1 January 2014: India U21 Championship, Shillong, Meghalaya
  • 27 February 2017: India Championship, Chennai
  • 13 March 2018: India Championship, Jammu
  • 10 November 2018: Commonwealth Championships, Jaipur
  • 25 September 2019: Commonwealth Championships, Walsall, England
  • 13 December 2019: India Championship


  • 30 September 2012: Asian U17 Championships, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 13 February 2015: National Games of India, Kerala
  • 4 January 2019: India Championship, Visakhapatnam


  • 11 December 2013: Asian U18 Championships, Hainan, China
  • 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, England
    Vijay Kumar Yadav with bronze medal at Commonwealth Games 2022

    Vijay Kumar Yadav with bronze medal at Commonwealth Games 2022


2019: Laxman Rajya Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh

Facts/General Knowledge

  • When he was 7 years old, he joined a wrestling training center which was located in Lalpur, Varanasi, 22 km away from his village. He used to go to the training center daily by bicycle. Sometimes, he would take a lift to reach the training centre. At that time the financial condition of his family was also not good. His family was not able to provide him proper diet during his early years of training. So, Vijay shifted to a hostel at the Sports Authority of India’s Lucknow centre. Recalling those days in an interview, he said,

    Our financial condition was not good, it improved a little when my brother got a job in the Indian Army. The second brother is a bus driver. I have worked very hard to reach 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 the Asian Games and won gold medals in the Commonwealth Judo Championships in 2018 and 2019.

  • In 2020, during an interview, Vijay shared that he wanted to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, but he could not qualify. He said,

    The toughest time was 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 goal will be to win gold in the Paris Olympics. After winning a 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 hindrance.

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