Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began training at age four.
|Why this sport?
||"I was pretty young when my parents decided to put me into gymnastics purely for the sake of engaging me in some extra-curricular activity, but I actually started liking it. I started doing really well at the district and state levels."
|Name of coach
|Most influential person in career
||Coach Manoj Rana. (indiangymnastics.com, 02 Apr 2018)
||In 2017 he underwent surgery on his right wrist. (tribuneindia.com, 19 Feb 2018)
In 2014 he tore a ligament in his ankle. (tribuneindia.com, 19 Feb 2018)
He underwent shoulder surgery after competing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (indiangymnastics.com, 02 Apr 2018)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"You have to work hard beyond your limit, sometimes our body feels so tired and we give up, but you have to stay strong and keep working because ultimately your hard work will take you to greater success." (indiangymnastics.com, 02 Apr 2018)
||He became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games when he claimed silver in the men's vault and bronze in the floor exercise at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India. He also became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the Asian Games, following his bronze in the floor exercise at the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (thebridge.in, 29 Jun 2021; sportstar.thehindu.com, 15 Feb 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Sep 2021)
||To compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (thebridge.in, 29 Jun 2021)
In 2017 he spent a month training in Uzbekistan, and in early 2018 he trained in Ukraine. "Every athlete has their own pace and need their own environment of training. Personally, I need a peaceful environment to train, without any politics and training specific. Therefore I trained in Uzbekistan for one month, where the goal was to bring my fitness up to the mark. Because if you are fit, you can enjoy gymnastics and can do whatever you want, you know it's all about the body game. The better your fitness is, the better you perform. I also worked on my vault there. After that I went to Ukraine. There my training went really well because I was able to train with their national team. They already have two Olympic gold medallists on their team. I didn't have any international exposure after 2016 so training with them helped boost my confidence a lot." (indiangymnastics.com, 02 Apr 2018; tribuneindia.com, 19 Feb 2018)