Achinta Sheuli won a silver medal in the men’s 73 kg category at the World Junior Championships in Tashkent last year.

At the SAI NSNIS Patiala center, Achinta Sheuli can be seen constantly hustling and bringing his calm nature to every practice session. Slated for his Commonwealth Games debut later this month, the weightlifter from Bengal has his priorities in place.

Achinta will compete in the 73 kg category. Although not seen by ordinary eyes, Achinta’s lifelong struggles and internal motivation, honed over the years, will be reflected in his performance in Birmingham. A lucky date to catch a kaata ghudi (broken kite) helped Achinta enter the world of weightlifting at the age of 10. Originally from Dhulagarh in Howrah, he joined his brother Alok at the local gymnasium and used to go all 7 days of the week. Initially it was just baithak (a modified squat) and don (a modified pushup). The lifting came later.

Achinta’s passion and discipline were fueled by conditions at home. His father worked as a laborer to do his best to support the family. However, after their father died in 2013, Alok gave up weightlifting while their mother took up sewing and other jobs to keep the house tidy. Achinta stayed put with his passion and worked in silence.

“Everyone is focused on the phone these days. You have to have a purpose in life,” Achinta told the Sports Authority of India, highlighting the core values ​​he has harnessed over the years. Many like to go to the gym to impress girls. I wanted to fight because my family environment was not very good. I knew that I had to face many challenges, so I tried to improve myself step by step.

This passion and this pragmatic attitude allowed him to come a long way. Achinta competed in his first national weightlifting championships in 2013 in Guwahati and finished fourth. Youth Games Gold Medalist Khelo India 2018 won the coveted yellow metal on the grand stage at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships, Apia, Samoa in July 2019 in the junior and senior categories.

Achinta rode on the momentum of victory and broke six national weightlifting records, including three in the senior group, en route to a silver medal in the men’s 73kg category at the World Junior Championships in Tashkent l ‘last year. Also in Tashkent, he became the 73kg champion at the Commonwealth Championships later last year.

Achinta is part of the 12-member Indian weightlifting contingent set to make its mark in Birmingham. Achinta, part of the Target Olympic Podium program, will certainly be looking to make this event count. His dazzling passion, his composure, his desire to be the best and his applications of techniques of visualization, inner dialogue and deep breathing will allow him to achieve his goal.

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