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Sharad Kumar

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42

Further personal information

Residence
Kharkiv, UKR
Occupation
Coach, Student
Languages
Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali
Higher education
Political Science - Kirori Mal College: New Delhi, IND

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up high jump in 2005 at St. Paul's School in Darjeeling, India.
Why this sport?
"My brother motivated me to be a high jumper. I broke all his records at school and it gave me the confidence to take the sport seriously. After St. Paul's [school] I started training myself to be part of the national Paralympic team in Delhi."
Name of coach
Evgeny Nikitin [personal]

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
India

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, watching movies, following sports, training athletes. (Facebook page, 19 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
His brother. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He suffered a tendon injury in 2015. (indianexpress.com, 24 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Once a fighter, always a winner." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (asianage.com, 02 Sep 2017)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of the effects of polio, diagnosed at age two. The illness caused paralysis in his left leg. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017; thesalute.in, 06 Nov 2014)
Other information
TRAINING IN UKRAINE
In 2017 he began training in Ukraine. "Ukraine helped me manage myself in all ways. It taught me the real concept of high jump. It made me realise how a professional athlete trains and feels right before a competition. Training in Ukraine helped me realise that sportsmen are artists too. It was not just for me to feel good while jumping but also it was to let the people around enjoy a well-executed jump." (scroll.in, 15 Nov 2019; asianage.com, 02 Sep 2017)

SANCTION
He tested positive for the prohibited substance stanozolol at the 2012 Malaysian Open Championships. He was suspended for two years and missed the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I was devastated when I got to know about the doping charges against me. I felt ashamed that I would have to fight a doping case and miss the opportunity to participate in the London Paralympics. It was almost impossible to prove my innocence to the committee and the ban was inevitable. Those two years were a nightmare for me, but they have taught me a lot about the challenges of being a sportsperson in India." (thesalute.in, 06 Nov 2014)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has completed a master's degree in international relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He has also studied international business management at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine. (scroll.in, 15 Nov 2019; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; newindianexpress.com, 30 Apr 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T42 Final 1 2015-10-22 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-09 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T42 Final 1 2017-07-22 2