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Rajindersingh Rahelu



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Jaswinder Kaur, two daughters
Gandhinagar, IND
English, Hindi, Punjabi
Higher education
Computing - Guru Nanak Dev University [GNDU]: Amritsar, IND

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 1995 in Mehsampur, India.
Why this sport?
"I was inspired by my friend Surinder Singh Rana and I decided to do something different in life."
Club / Team
PHS Youth and Sports Club Mehsampur: India
Name of coach
Vijay Munishwar [national]

International debut

Competing for
Asian Championships
New Delhi, IND

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, and claiming a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Indian Para javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Compete with yourself every day and be positive." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2006 he received the Arjuna Award from the president of India. (, 26 Aug 2006)

He was named the 2003 Strongman of India. (, 03 Apr 2006)
He has impaired muscle power in his legs as a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age eight months. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017;, 25 Aug 2015;, 2015)
Other information
In August 2015 he began working as a weightlifting coach for the Sports Authority of India [SAI] at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, India. (, 24 Mar 2019; Facebook profile, 06 Jun 2017;, 25 Aug 2015)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -60 kg Final Round 5
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 67.50kg Final 2010-07-27 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 2012-09-02 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 72.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-07 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 80.00kg Final 2017-12-05 9