Achinta Sheuli is an Indian weightlifter who competes in the 73 kg weight class. He won a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, setting a Games record of 313 kg (143 kg in snatch and 170 kg in clean & jerk).
Achinta Sheuli was born on Saturday, 24 November 2001 (age 21 years; as of 2022) in Deulpur, West Bengal. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He attended the Deulpur High School (H.S), Deulpur, West Bengal and Army Sports Institute, Pune.
Weight (approx.): 73 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 32″, Biceps 15″
Parents & Siblings
Achinta’s father, Jagat Sheuli (deceased), worked as a rickshaw driver. He died in 2013. His mother’s name is Purnima Sheuli, who worked as an embroiderer.
He has an elder brother, Alok Sheuli, who works as a contractual employee in the fire brigade.
Achinta is unmarried.
Achinta started his weightlifting career in 2013 when he won the Junior National level weightlifting tournament for a 50kg weight class. In 2015, he won the silver medal at Commonwealth Youth Championship, held in Apia, Samoa. In 2018, he won a gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games held in Delhi.
In 2019, he played in the Commonwealth Senior and Junior Championships held in Apia, Samoa and won a gold. In the event, he made a national record by lifting 173 kg in the Clean & Jerk series and 143 in the snatch, which combined to 316 kg.
In 2019, he won a gold medal at the South Asian Games held in Kathmandu.
In 2019, he won a silver medal at the Asian Youth Championship held in Gifu, Japan. In 2021, he won a silver medal at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
In 2022, he participated in the Commonwealth Games and won a gold medal at the event held in Birmingham, England. In the event, he made a games record by lifting 143 kg in snatch and 170 kg in the Clean & Jerk series, combining to 313 kg.
- He is known by the name Babu and Achi by his friends and family members. Achinta Sheuli – Facebook
- He is coached by Astam Das (former national-level weightlifter) and Vijay Sharma.
- He likes watching films and riding motorcycles.
- According to his mother, he did not have much interest in his studies, but still, he used to score well in exams.
- He discovered the sport when he was 10 and watched his brother and his friend’s weightlifting in the gym.
- His brother joined the gym near their house when he was twelve years old to fulfil his dream of becoming a weightlifter. Achinta followed his brother’s path, and he also joined the gym. The gym was a makeshift gym which did not have proper facilities.
- In 2013, their father, who was the only bread earner of the family, died after which the responsibility of the family came to Achinta’s brother. He had to give up college and weightlifting and work as an embroiderer along with his mother. He tried his best to provide all the facilities to Achinta. Sometimes, Achinta also did embroidery to earn some money. In an interview, he talked about the time after his father’s death and said,
My father was a rickshaw puller. One day he suffered a stroke and was gone. My mother had to do some tailoring work to make ends meet. My elder brother and I also joined, as all three of us needed to work to manage three meals a day. Obviously, I could not get the protein-rich diet required to be a weightlifter, but I used to train anyway.”
- They were earning so less that they could not fulfil their small needs. In an interview, Achinta’s brother said that they did not have money to perform their father’s last rites. He further said that they did not have money to get Achint’s phone repaired. He talked about his struggles and said,
Achinta and I worked in the fields; we harvested crops and carried the loads on our heads. We have carried paddy for Re 1 [per] bag. We didn’t always do it for money either. We did manual labour in a field for a week, at one point, because we were given an egg a day and a kilo of chicken at the end of it.”
- According to Achinta, he did not have a childhood that every child of his age had. He talked about his routine during the struggling period and said,
My routine was very simple. Subah utho, thoda kaam karo, training jao (wake up in the morning, do some embroidery, then go and train) till 10am. Then go to school, come back. Train again, come home, do some more embroidery work, then go to sleep.”
- In 2013, Achinta got a call from the Army Sports Institute, Pune after they saw his performance at the Junior Nationals, where he came fourth. He joined the institute in 2015 when he was in class six.
- He earns a stipend of Rs. 10,000 per month as he is a member of the Khelo India camp. In an interview, he said that there was a time when he used to manage with pocket money of Rs. 500, but now he is earning well.
- Achinta’s coach Das was a national-level weightlifter who retired due to a back injury. Achinta joined Das’ gym when he was ten years old. In an interview, Das said that when Achinta joined the gym, he was underweight. In an interview, he talked about Achinta and said,
When I first saw Achinta, he was very thin and did not have the appearance of a weightlifter at all. (But) one of the things that made him stand out is his hunger for the game. He does not give up easily.”
- In 2019, the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) provided him with physiotherapists and sports science specialists.
- He dedicated the gold medal won at the CWG 2022 to his coach and brother. He further said,
I am extremely happy and honored, I have had my fair share of struggles in life and to be standing here today and making the country proud is something that I have always dreamt of. This medal is just not mine, I’d like to dedicate this honor to my brother, my family, and my coach. I now look forward to the Olympic games and I hope that I can replicate my performance.”
- In 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Droupadi Murmu congratulated him through a Twitter post for winning the gold medal at the CWG.
Delighted that the talented Achinta Sheuli has won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games. He is known for his calm nature and tenacity. He has worked very hard for this special achievement. My best wishes to him for his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/cIWATg18Ce
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 1, 2022
Achinta Sheuli has made India proud by winning gold and making the tricolor fly high at the #CommonwealthGames. You immediately overcame the failure in one attempt and topped the lineup. You are the champion who has created a history. Heartiest congratulations!
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 1, 2022
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