Further Personal Information
||Wife Rakshitha Velani D'Souza
||Athlete, Railway Worker
||Biotechnology, Genetics - Jain University: Bengaluru, IND
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He learned to swim at age three and started competing at age five.
|Why this sport?
||His mother wanted him to swim to stay fit.
|Club / Team
||Railway Sports Promotion Board [RSPB]: India
|Name of coach
||Nihar Ameen [national], IND
||Watching Formula One races. (sportskeeda.com, 26 Apr 2016)
|Hero / Idol
||Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and US swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. (sportskeeda.com, 26 Apr 2016)
|Awards and honours
||In 2009 he received the Ekalavya Award from Karnataka government for his achievements in the sport. (Facebook profile, 05 May 2018)
His parents lived in Mumbai for 25 years before moving to Bangalore to aid his training. "To further my career, my parents quit their jobs and moved to Bangalore and started tutorials so they could ferry me around." (daijiworld.com, 23 Oct 2008; deccanchronicle.com, 22 Mar 2012)
He considered quitting the sport after failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. "I narrowly missed out on the Beijing Olympics berth in 2008 and I was shattered. I thought I didn't have it in me to fulfil my ambitions and my parents were investing hugely in my career. But my father and coach sat me down told me not to give up and some timely sponsorship helped me tide over the crisis then." (daijiworld.com, 23 Oct 2008; deccanchronicle.com, 22 Mar 2012)
He joined the Indian Railways under a sports quota programme that allows him to train and compete internationally. (thehindu.com, 10 Oct 2017)