Further Personal Information
||Athlete, Factory Worker
||English, Hindi, Punjabi
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He first tried the shot put in 2004 at the Salwan Throws Academy in Delhi, India.
|Why this sport?
||In 2004 he was approached by Athletics Federation of India secretary Lalit Bhanot at a national schoolboy basketball tournament. "He asked me if I had ever competed in shot put. I lied and said that I had thrown the shot over 20 metres. I had no clue who he was or that the national record was 20.48m. He must have known instantly that I was bluffing."
|Club / Team
||Oil and Natural Gas Corporation [ONGC]: India
|Name of coach
||Bhupinder Singh [personal], IND
||OP (Facebook page, 31 Oct 2017)
|Most influential person in career
||His mother. (olympicgoldquest.in, 11 Jan 2010)
||He required a late fitness test on a twisted ankle before he was cleared to compete at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (cricketcountry.com, 26 Sep 2014)
He suffered a shoulder injury after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (sports.ndtv.com, 03 Jul 2013)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Behind every successful man there is a woman." (olympicgoldquest.in, 11 Jan 2010)
||He played national schoolboy basketball before making the switch to shot put. (indiatimes.com, 02 Aug 2010; yahoo.com, 26 Feb 2014; sportskeeda.com, 26 Feb 2014)
||To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (impactguru.com, 01 May 2017)
He joined the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in India under a sports quota programme that allows him to train and compete internationally. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 25 Sep 2017)