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'I Had to Face a Lot of Challenges': Achinta Sheuli Eyes Medal at Commonwealth Games

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Last Updated: July 14, 2022, 21:00 IST

Achinta Sheuli will compete in the 73kg category. (Photo: Twitter)

Achinta Sheuli will compete in the 73kg category. (Photo: Twitter)

Achinta Sheuli is a part of the 12-member Indian Weightlifting contingent set to make an emphatic mark in Birmingham

At the SAI centre NSNIS Patiala, Achinta Sheuli can be seen constantly hustling and making his calm nature do the talking at every training session. Set for his debut at the Commonwealth Games later this month, the Bengal weightlifter has his priorities in place.

Achinta will compete in the 73kg category. His life-long hardships and internal motivation, honed over years, will reflect in his performance in Birmingham.

Hailing from Dhulagarh in Howrah, he joined his brother Alok at the local gym at the age of 10 and used to go all seven days of the week. Initially, it was just baithak (a modified squat) and don (a modified pushup), lifting came later.

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Achinta’s passion and discipline were fueled by the conditions back home. His dad used to work as a laborer to do the most to provide for the family. However, post their dad’s death in 2013, Alok gave up weightlifting while their mother took up tailoring and other jobs to keep the house in order. Achinta stayed put with his passion and worked in silence.

“Everyone is focused on the phone nowadays. You need to have a target in life. Many like to go to the gym to impress girls. I wanted to fight as my family background was not too good. I had to face a lot of challenges and therefore, I tried improving step by step,” Achinta told Sports Authority of India, showcasing the core values he’s harnessed over the years.

Achinta participated in his first weightlifting nationals in 2013 in Guwahati and came fourth. The 2018 Khelo India Youth Games gold medalist won the coveted yellow metal on the big stage at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships, Apia, Samoa, in July 2019 in both the junior and senior categories.

first published:July 14, 2022, 21:00 IST
last updated:July 14, 2022, 21:00 IST