Meet Gururaja Poojary: The Weightlifter Whose Spirit Can Lift The Morale of All

Gururaja Poojary was noticed by all after winning India’s first medal at Gold Coast for Commonwealth Games 2018. His Silver at Commonwealth Games 2018 was second consecutive medal for Indian in Men’s 56 Kg event after Sukhan Dey won Gold at Glasgow 2014. Champions are worshipped. How about looking back on how this Champion could have been just a government servant or a worker if he was not made of steel. Guruaja is the son of a pick-up-truck driver hailing from Kundapura in Karnataka. With Sushil Kumar as his inspiration to join Sports, his problems turned him to Weightlifting in 2010 form his first choice Sports, Wrestling.

Medal History of all Games
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Profile of Gururaja Poojary

    Born: Aug 15, 1992
    Place of Birth: Kundapur, Karnataka, India

      2016 Commonwealth senior weightlifting championships Men’s 56 Kg
      2016 South Asian Games

    2017 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship

In a family of eight, good diet was a problem. But NIS in Patiala took care of his personal issues and helped him become an International level athlete. He has gone past 248 Kg lifted by Sukhen Dey to win Gold medal at 2014 Commonwealth Games in 56 Kg Category. Today, his lift earned him Silver.

He wanted a government job before and was undergoing training as an aircraftman in the Indian Air Force. Fortunately, he managed to sail through the tunnel part of life with help from friends, society and NIS. With medals won for India, let us hope he will never have to think about other jobs again as is the case of many past champions of India in other Sports.

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