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Niranjan Mukundan

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Languages
English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil
Higher education
Commerce - Jain University: Bengaluru, IND

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2003 at the Jayanagar Swimming Pool in Bengaluru, India.
Why this sport?
His doctor suggested that he should take up horse riding or swimming to strengthen his legs. "[Swimming] was one of the mechanisms to help me cope with a lot of struggles which I faced physiologically, as well as internally. Three months after I finished my first swimming course, I was spotted by a coach. He said, 'Niranjan, why don't you get introduced to Para sports?' I then began representing the state."

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
India

General interest

Nicknames
Niru, NiMu, Nhi (Facebook profile, 04 Jul 2019)
Hobbies
Photography, watching films, hiking, travelling, playing video games, listening to music. (Facebook profile, 05 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the men's 4x100m medley relay 34 points at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019)
Injuries
A leg injury forced him to withdraw from the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia and return home to India. (thehindu.com, 09 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he had multiple operations on his ankle. Surgery in December 2018 kept him out of action for 10 weeks. (thebetterindia.com, 24 Jun 2019; aninews.in, 03 May 2019; thriveglobal.in, 05 Dec 2018)

An ulcer on his foot caused him to miss the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Although he recovered, the ulcer returned at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, forcing him to withdraw from four events. (saddahaq.com, 07 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live life like there is no tomorrow." (Facebook profile, 04 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Writers' Association of Bengaluru [SWAB] in India. (Facebook page, 06 Dec 2016)

In 2016 he received an Ekalavya Award from the state of Karnataka in India, in recognition of his performances in Para swimming. (deccanchronicle.com, 17 Jan 2017)

He was awarded the National Award for Best Para Sportsperson of the Year in 2015 by the Government of India. (deccanchronicle.com, 17 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He also aspires to establish his own foundation and academy. (deccanchronicle.com, 17 Jan 2017; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida and club feet. As a result he has muscle weakness in his legs and has undergone multiple operations. (newindianexpress.com, 13 Jan 2016; firstpost.com, 05 Jul 2016)
Other information
TRAINING IN THAILAND
He has spent time training at the Thanyapura Aquatics Academy in Phuket, Thailand. He began training at the Thanyapura Aquatics Academy in 2016 as part of an International Swimming Federation [FINA] scholarship programme. (deccanherald.com, 07 Jul 2019; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2018 he graduated with a master's degree in sports management from the Institute of Sports Science and Technology in India. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)