Para power lifter Sudhir, who won gold in Commonwealth Games, has been battling polio as a child

'Para power lifter Sudhir, who won gold in Commonwealth Games, has been battling polio as a child'

Para power lifter Sudhir has won the sixth gold medal for India at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. He has been battling polio in his childhood. He won the gold medal in Para Powerlifting (weightlifting for disabled athletes) with a lifting of 212 kg. Along with this, Sudhir also made a Games record. Sudhir has been a seven-time National Gold Medalist. The countrymen expected him to win gold in the Commonwealth as well. Sudhir did not let the Indians down and lived up to the expectations by winning the gold. Sudhir has also won the title of Strongman of India twice.

Born in a farmer family in village Lath, Sonepat, Haryana, Sudhir has been a talented since childhood. At the age of five, he became handicapped due to leg problem. Sudhir was a victim of polio. Despite this, he never gave up. In 2013, he started powerlifting to keep the body fit. Due to continuous practice in it, he made this sport a part of life.

Inspired by Para player Virendra Dhankhar, Sudhir started Para Powerlifting. With just two years of hard work, he reached the national and brought glory to the state by winning gold in the national games. It was from here that the hope of winning a medal at the international level arose in Sudhir's mind. Sudhir has been winning gold in powerlifting in nationals for seven consecutive years.

In the years 2021 and 2022, Sudhir won the title of Strong Man of India. He then prepared for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. And lived up to the expectations of the people. There was no one even around him in the final. Nigeria's Ikechuku Christian Obichuku weighing 74.10 kg lifted 192 kg and won the silver medal with 133.6 points, while Scotland's Mickey Yule took the bronze with 130.9 points.