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What builds world-class weightlifting talent? Let’s find out

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Achinta Sheuli is a generational talent who needed careful nurturing to ensure he realised his full potential. In 2019, he was inducted in the newly introduced elite athlete scholarship programme by Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS). Since then, besides providing the athlete financial support, the programme has ensured that a dedicated sports physiotherapist and sports science specialists are available to Achinta round the clock, including when he travels.

The team of specialists from the Sports Science and Medicine (SSM) team at the Sir H.N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai has focused on critical areas such as nutrition, strength and conditioning, psychology and data analysis to provide the edge that Achinta needed in the pursuit of international success.

“The biggest challenge in weightlifting is to remain free of injury and make sure our nutrition is handled in a scientific manner,” says Achinta. “I am extremely grateful to the SSM team from the Sir H.N Reliance Foundation Hospital in keeping me fit and free of injury.”

Armed with the multi-dimensional expertise now at his disposal and buoyed by his recent accomplishments, Achinta is identifying his short and long term goals. Having won Gold at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, he is now aiming to give his best at the 2024 Olympics. In the long term, Achinta is determined to follow in the footsteps of weightlifting greats – five time World Champion Lü Xiaojun from China, Olympic and World Champion Sohrab Moradi from Iran and India’s very own World Champion Mirabai Chanu.

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