No legs, but this 24-year-old makes a mark in power lifting

Akhilesh Kumar, a 24-year-old power lifter, lost his legs when he was barely eight months old after he was administered wrong medication for fever. But, this did not stop him from winning several gold medals in bench press and power lifting competitions at the state and national levels.

gurgaon Updated: Oct 04, 2015 16:49 IST
Abhinav Saha
Abhinav Saha
Hindustan Times
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Despite the handicap, Akhilesh Kumar, 24, has emerged as a successful power lifter, winning several gold medals in bench press and power lifting competitions at the state and national levels.(Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)

Akhilesh Kumar, a 24-year-old power lifter, is an inspiration for many.

Kumar lost his legs when he was barely eight months old after he was administered wrong treatment for fever.

But, despite the handicap, he has emerged as a successful power lifter, winning several gold medals in bench press and power lifting competitions at the state and national levels.

Kumar lost his legs because he was given wrong treatment for fever at his native village, Jataula. The village is located between Gurgaon and Rewari.

With a desire to make a mark in the sporting world, Akhilesh joined a gym at the age of 15 despite his mother opposing it. However, with a strong willpower, he worked hard to learn the techniques needed for power lifting.

Akhilesh still remembers the days when he used to travel 27km to come to Gurgaon from his village by train. His family later shifted to Guragon.

His hard work paid off and Akhilesh won several national titles. He was invited as a guest in the first season of ‘Satyamev Jayate’, a television programme hosted by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

Akhilesh’s next goal is to win international championships in power lifting.

His first won a national championship in 2012. He is also pursuing a graduation degree in commerce from DSD College, Gurgaon.

Akhilesh said he wants to apply for a railway job. He alleged that he has not got any support from the state government.

First Published: Oct 04, 2015 16:06 IST