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Sport Athletics
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 20 Jul 1992
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence India
Occupation Athlete, Inspector, Public Servant
Languages English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up long jump at high school in India.
Why this sport? "My dad was a Madhya Pradesh level long jumper. He taught me the sport, and wanted me to be a big jumper."
Name of coach Bedros Bedrosian [national], ROU
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "Long-jumping is a mind game." (newindianexpress.com, 23 Dec 2017)
Other sports He played state level volleyball in school. (hindu.com, 18 May 2010)
Famous relatives His father competed in long jump at state level in India. (hindu.com, 18 May 2010)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (newindianexpress.com, 23 Dec 2017)
Other information OCCUPATION
He joined the Income Tax Department of India under a sports quota programme that allows him to train and compete internationally. (newindianexpress.com, 23 Dec 2017)

EARLY DAYS
He grew up in the village of Bhidausa in India, where there were no training facilities available to him. "In my village there is not even a mud track to run on. I was hoping that after the movie on Paan Singh [Indian soldier and athlete] was released there would be some facility for sports provided in the Chambal village. Now, I hope that after hearing about me people will realise that there are talented athletes in Bhidausa." (archive.indianexpress.com, 26 Apr 2013)