|Type of Impairment
||Impaired muscle power
|Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
||English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
||Electronic Engineering - Sri Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic [SJP]: Bengaluru, IND
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began powerlifting in 1996 at the ITI Sports Club in Bangalore, India.
|Why this sport?
||"It is the hardest and most challenging one."
|Most influential person in career
||His wife. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
|Hero / Idol
||Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
||A shoulder injury affected his performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (thehindu.com, 20 Oct 2014)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||"I get influenced by the numbers seven and 11." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Try and try until you succeed." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
|Awards and honours
||He was named the 2008 Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year by the Karnataka Government in India. (indianetzone.com, 24 Jun 2015)
In 2007 he was presented with the Arjuna Award by the Paralympic Committee of India. (paralympicindia.org, 15 Apr 2010)
He won the Strongman of India award in 2005. (melbourne2006.com.au, 26 Mar 2006)
||His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He was diagnosed with the illness at age one. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012; melbourne2006.com.au, 26 Mar 2006)