Further Personal Information
||Wife and children
||Armed Forces, Athlete
||Bengali, English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began weightlifting in 2001 at age 12 in Kolkata, India.
|Why this sport?
||As a youngster he aspired to be a body builder but his efforts in the gym couldn't tone up his muscles the way he wanted. So he shifted to weightlifting with encouragement from his brother.
|Club / Team
||Army Sports Institute: Pune, IND
|Name of coach
||Vijay Sharma [national]; Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi [national]; Sandip Kumar [national]; Balwinder Singh Mehdwan [national]
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 16 Sep 2014)
|Most influential person in career
||His brother. (shibpurinternational.com, 01 Jan 2011; sportskeeda.com. 01 Aug 2014)
|Hero / Idol
||Turkish weightlifter Halil Mutlu. (Athlete, 16 Sep 2014)
||He suffered a right shoulder injury in November 2014 and missed the world championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan that year as a result. (sportskeeda.com, 20 Apr 2015)
He was stripped of his gold medal at the 2011 Continental Grand Prix in Malaysia after he tested positive for methylhexaneamine. He was subsequently banned for two years by the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF] and became eligible to compete again in December 2012. (foxsportspulse.com, 24 Apr 2011; iwf.net, 09 May 2016)
He became the first Indian weightlifter to win a medal at a junior world championship by claiming bronze in the 56kg category at the 2009 edition in Bucharest, Romania. (zeenews.com, 14 May 2010)