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Sakina Khatun



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Bengaluru, IND
English, Hindi

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para powerlifting in 2010. She originally competed in Para swimming but quit the sport after she was not selected for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
Why this sport?
One of her swimming coaches suggested she take up Para powerlifting and introduced her to Indian powerlifter Farman Basha. "Swimming definitely turned out to be an amazing experience for me. But I could not make it through either competitions or national-level championships. Then, I happened to meet Farman Basha, one of the most renowned powerlifters in India. He put the thought of powerlifting in my head."
Name of coach
Vijay Munishwar [national]; Farman Basha [personal]

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Right from fighting muscle pain and fatigue, training with weights and dumbbells every day, to overcoming a lot of financial distress, my journey was fraught with multiple challenges. But I knew it was important for me to not give up at any point. After all, no aspiration is worth renouncing." (, 26 Aug 2019)
Other sports
She has competed in Para swimming at national level. (, 04 Aug 2014)
She became the first Indian Para powerlifter to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games when she won bronze in the 61kg category at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 May 2021)
Her impairment is a result of the effects of contracting polio as a baby. "Considering my fragile health condition, I had to take many precautions [during her early Para powerlifting sessions]. However, I went the extra mile to achieve greater heights. I did not want to be any other sportsperson. I wanted to make it to the big league. I wanted to represent my country." (, 26 Aug 2019;, 04 Aug 2014)


Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 41.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-05 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 50.00kg Final 2017-12-05 9999