MEET MR. SHRIMANT JHA, PARA-ATHLETE ARM WRESTLER
Silver medallist in world championship at Poland, he lives by the maxim that physical disability is not an obstacle to success.
The path to success is not an easy road; there will be sweat, tears and blood along the way. This is not only a saying but also a hard reality of life.
In an exclusive interview with CLIQTAX, SHRIMANT JHA, PARA-ATHLETE ARM WRESTLER got 3rd rank in World Championship and 1st rank in Asian Championship, shares his experiences and challenges faced during his journey:
BACKGROUND & COACHING
SJ: I belong to Bhilai, Chattisgarh and I was born disabled. I have a brother and an elder sister. My father works in a private company and my mother is homemaker.
I have done diploma in mechanical from Government College and after completing diploma I tried for campus placement but unfortunately I got rejected because of my disability even though I was good in studies and hard working.
I did not give up and tried again hence got opportunity to join Jindal steel power limited in 2011 and I worked there as an engineer. Also while working I have completed my B.TECH.
I did not let my physical deformity come in my way and has been arm-wrestling since 2009. I used to play arm wrestling at school level and also got selected for national level but got rejected again under 19 due to physical disability.
Then again my parents supported me very much. My dream was to serve my country and join army but was not qualified because of this deformity, so I decided to play for country and started my preparation for arm wrestling and also won GOLD medal at state level championship.
At that time I did not know about para-olympic games. After that I joined a gym for making physique good for arm wrestling. My first national level championship was at Kerala and I won the GOLD medal there. And then up to 2013 I won GOLD medal at all national level championships continuously.
At the age of 25 years, I finished behind Tajikistan’s Firuz and Magolia’s Munkhbold to settle for the bronze in the 80kg senior category. I got 3rd rank in World Championship and 1st rank in Asian Championship.
My first world championship was at Poland under 60 kg Weight category and there I got 10th position in the world in Para-Arm Wrestling World Cup. I have also won many national medals. I also got a chance for world championship in 2014 and won the silver medal in 2014.
SJ: In the beginning there was one of the senior players Mr. Rishabh Jain who guided and helped me to be better. Then Mustafa Ali Sir who was my head coach in Indian team had groomed me in arm wrestling.
SJ: I belong to a family where financial condition were never good so as to afford my diet as a player so I try to manage it by myself, somehow making arrangements for eatables and all other things during college by doing some work on job basis.
SJ: I am preparing for 2024 Olympics, and I believe that if I would be physically fit then I will win Gold Medal for my country.
ADVICE TO YOUNGER GENERATION
SJ: First of all I would like to say that education is must and there is no option to avoid education. After this, if you want to do something like singing, sports etc. then go for it with your 100% efforts because there is no shortcut to success.
I will also advice that first remove from your mind that you are a disabled. If you think positively and avoid your disability from mind, then you are able to do everything that a normal human beings does.
Experience with CLIQTAX
SJ: Team CLIQTAX is doing really good work, the way your team work is very different and excellent, your way of representing players is really wonderful . I am really happy with your way of working.