Aditi is a women’s footballer who is the Goalkeeper and
Vice-Captain of the Indian National Team. She also played
for West Ham Ladies in the UK in the past. She started out
as a basketball player before being convinced by her coach
to give trials as a goalkeeper. She represented Delhi at the
U19 level at 15 years of age. She has completed her
Master’s in Sports Management from Loughborough
University and has started her own football academy
focussing on training girls called She Kicks Football
First Indian female to play for a professional club
Became the first Indian woman to win the ‘Woman in
Football’ award at the 2015 Asian Awards
Events: 50m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley
Date of Birth: 4th September, 1994
Niranjan hails from a middle-class family in Bangalore. Born
with a medical condition called Spina bifida and with
clubbed feet, he has undergone as many as sixteen surgeries
already. The ever-smiling Bangalore boy is also a
motivational speaker and has given multiple TED Talks.He was
part of the
2014 Asian Games bronze medal winning team and followed that
up with record breaking performances at the 2015 IWAS World
Junior Games. He has recently qualified for the Para
Swimming World Championships, while setting an Asian record
in the process.
Forbes 30 under 30 for Asia (Sports & Entertainment
Bronze medal in 2014 Asian Games in 4X100 IM
Gold medal in Para Swimming World Series 2019 in 200m IM
Sport: Table Tennis
Date of Birth: 8th January, 1993
A former National Champion, Sathiyan was introduced to his
sport by his mother as a mode to remain active and stay fit.
In 2017, Sathiyan won a Bronze Medal at the Thailand Open
and then clinched the Men’s team Gold medal at the
Asian Championships. He was part of the Indian team that won
team gold and made history at the Commonwealth Games in
Australia, and won a couple of individual medals as well. He
then went on to captain his team Dabangg Smashers to victory
in the second season of the Ultimate Table Tennis League in
2018. He is the highest ranked Indian player ever, with a
ranking of 24. He is also an Engineer by education, having
completed his studies while playing professionally.
Gold medal (Team), silver medal (Men’s Doubles),
and bronze medal (Mixed Doubles) at the 2018
Men’s team Gold medal - Asian Championships 2017
Arjuna Award Winner
Name:Subramanian Raman - Table Tennis
Starting at the age of 13, Raman learnt the basics
of table tennis from V.Ramachandran. His first
impression was made in the sport by Bro. Savari Antony,
sports head and a left-handed TT player. A. Srinivasa Rao
and Muralidhara Rao then coached him. Raman won the
first-ever Commonwealth Gold for India at the Commonwealth
Championships—held at Glasgow, Scotland—in Men's
Doubles partnering with his compatriot Chetan Baboor in
1997, and repeated the feat in the next edition in 1999.
Raman represented India for more than a decade with many
International medals. Raman represented India at the Sydney
Olympics 2000. He has now moved onto coaching the next
generation of Indian Table Tennis players.
India’s first ever Commonwealth Gold at
Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in 1997 and 1999
Arjuna Award Winner
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Delhi 2019
Amit Kumar Saroha
Manish Singh Rawat
Date of Birth: 9th January 2000 (19 years)
Assamese sprint sensation Hima Das burst into the spotlight
after winning India’s first-ever track medal at the
IAAF U-20 World Championships. From humble beginnings at her
father’s rice fields in Dhing , all the way to the
sprint tracks of Tampere in Finland, to making history by
finishing first in the 400m event clocking in a time of
51.46 seconds at the 2018 Asian Games.
This 19 year old continued her sprint in breaking various
records and through the past year has participated across 20
different competitions representing India on the global
platform. Hima’s story is truly a remarkable one,
befitting her the moniker - ‘The
Date of Birth: 24th December 1997 (21 years)
Young achiever - 21 year old Neeraj Chopra is an Indian track
and field athlete, who competes in the javelin throw event.
He has represented India at the 2018 Asian Games and CWG
2018, where he won a gold medal,
setting the national record of 88.06 m in the former and
followed up with a gold medal in the latter. Neeraj also
broke the junior world record in 2016, on his way to
clinching the gold in the 2016 IAAF U20 World
“When the desire for success does not let you sleep,
when nothing feels good except hard work, when you
don’t get exhausted after relentless work, know that
history is in the making.“ is what Neeraj lives by.
Name:Amit Kumar Saroha
Event: F1 category in Discus and Club Throw
Date of Birth: 12th January 1985 (35 years)
A Paralympian and an Arjuna Awardee, Amit Kumar Saroha was a
national level hockey player before he suffered a car
accident at the age of 22. His tryst with fame as a
sportsperson post his injury was after he met with Jonathan
Sigworth, an American wheelchair rugby player who introduced
Amit to the world of para sports and he joined Sigworth to
promote wheelchair rugby across India.
Upon meeting other para-athletes, Amit realized his
injury placed him in F51 category for para-sports. He
finished 4th at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the Club Throw
event, narrowly missing out on a medal. He also witnessed
some of his protégés Rinku, Dharambir and Ram pal, display
commendable performances at the Games.
Amit also boasts of two World Championship silver medals, won
in 2015 and 2017. In the 2017 event, he threw a personal
best of 30.25m, which broke the Asian record and a gold
medalist from the Asian Para Games last year.
Name:Manish Singh Rawat
Event: 20k and 50k
Date of Birth: 5th May 1991 (28 years)
Manish comes from a very humble background, growing up
in the hills of Uttarakhand. Manish would walk 7 km to
school every day through the mountain trail, and this
prepped him in his journey during his initial years. He
would participate in several running races in school and his
visionary coach suggested he take up racewalking
seriously, given that his daily commute offered plenty
of opportunity for practice.
Today, Manish is one of India’s top race walkers.
Primarily a short distance race walker, Manish qualified for
the 2016 Rio Olympics in his forte; the 20km event, in April
2015. At the Rio Olympics 2016, Manish finished a
commendable 13th in the 20km race walking category. Post
Rio, he competed at the 2017 IAAF Race Walking Challenge in
China and finished 6th ahead of World Championships and
Olympics medallists. He has also played a major role in
spreading the sport in Uttrakhand, at the recently concluded
Junior Federation Cup, 3 of the top 4 male racewalkers were
from the state.
Tata Steel Kolkata 25K 2019
Nima Doma Bhutia
Ngangom Bala Devi
DateofBirth: 20th June 1979 (40 Years)
Potsangbam Renedy Singh or just Renedy Singh is a former
player and captain of the Indian National team. He has
previously played for Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, EverReady SA
and JCT FC, and is widely regarded as one of the best
midfielders/free-kick specialists to ever play for India.
Since the age of 10, Renedy dreamt of becoming a professional
footballer contrary to his father ’s wishes, who
wanted him to become an officer in the Indian Army. Hailing
from the state of Manipur, it was his zeal and fire to fight
against all odds that saw him come to Kolkata for the U-12
trials, where he got selected to play in the famous TATA
Football Academy in Jamshedpur and the rest is history.
Renedy went on to make 72 appearances for India scoring 12
goals. His most notable moment in an Indian jersey came in
the 2009 Nehru Cup Final where he scored a spectacular
free-kick in extra time against the tournament favourites
He is currently a renowned football pundit and has recently
launched his own football academy – Renedy
Football School in Imphal, Manipur.
Name:Nima Doma Bhutia
Age: 24 years
24 year old Nima is the first woman from the North-East to
have made it to the Indian Women’s National Basketball
team. She participated in the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying
tournament from 14th – 17th November in Malaysia.
Born in West Sikkim’s Tashiding Village, Nima was among
the first batch of girls to pick up basketball at Eklavya
Model Residential School, Gangyap. It was school principal
Sidharth Yonzone, a huge NBA fan, who introduced the game to
his students. After playing on a small mud court, Nima and
her teammates carved out a proper court with their bare
hands. All of this hard work translated into spectacular
triumphs for the ‘Girls of Gangyap’, with EMRS
winning the CBSE National School Championship twice, in 2011
and ‘13, beating powerhouse teams.
After school, Nima joined the Lakshmibai National Institute
of Physical Education in Gwalior where she is currently
pursuing a Master ’s in Physical Education. Moving to
Gwalior gave her the opportunity to compete in the National
Championships and eventually get selected for the senior
India camp. After attending 4 camps, she was finally
selected in the team this November.
Nima’s story is truly inspirational. Her journey has
now paved the path for other players from the North-East who
have often been dismissed for their lack of height.
Name:Ngangom Bala Devi
DateofBirth: 2nd February 1990 (30 years)
Ngangom Bala Devi is a 30-year-old football player from the
state of Manipur, who plays as a forward for the Indian
National Women’s Team. She currently plays in the Scottish
Women’s Premier League for a club called Rangers. She is
also a former captain of the National
team with 46 caps for India in various levels. She boasts
one of the most prolific goal-scoring records in Indian
women’s football, scoring 91 goals in 74 appearances
for club and country.
Born in Manipur, Devi grew up playing the game with mainly
boys. She represented India at the age of 15 and has been
part of the senior side since 2005.
In November 2019, Devi was offered a week long trial at
Scottish Premiere League 1 club Rangers FC. Securing a
contract with Rangers would make her the first ever
women’s player from India to play abroad
professionally. Following the trial, she was part of the
Indian team in the South Asia Games 2019 and scored a brace
in the finals to help India win the gold medal against hosts
Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020
Sport: Artistic Gymnastics
Date of Birth: 9th August 1993
Khel Ratna and Padma Shri Awardee, Dipa is the first Indian
femaly gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games and
at the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Her greatest
achievement is probably finishing 4th at the Rio Olympics in
2016 where she performed the death-defying Produnova vault
to perfection. In 2018, she became the first Indian gymnast
to win a gold medal at a FIG Global event when she won the
FIG World Challenge Cup in Turkey.
Dipa started practicing gymnastics at the age of 6 under the
tutelage of Soma Nandi and Bisheshwar Nandi. As a 17 year
old she was included in the Indian contingent for the 2010
Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She has grown from strength to
strength since then and has been an inspiration for all
young gymnasts in India.
At the ongoing Khelo India Youth Games, Priyanka Dasgupta
from Tripura, who considers Dipa to be her idol, won 4 gold
medals in Artistic Gymnastics.
Date of Birth: 1st June
Khel Ratna and Padma Shri Awardee, Karnam Malleswari is the
first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics. She
remains the only Indian weightlifter to win a medal at the
She hails from a small town in Andhra Pradesh, where her and
her 4 sisters all trained in weightlifting from a young age.
She moved to Delhi with her sister and was spotted by SAI
officials there. She joined the national camp in 1990 and
within 4 years won the world championship in the 54kg
category. She followed this with another world championship
gold in 1995.
In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, women’s weightlifting was
introduced for the first time and Karnam did not let go of
this opportunity by winning a bronze in the 69kg category.
She has started her foundation recently which is working
across sports, women empowerment, rural development and
Sport: Para Badminton (SL3 Category)
Date of Birth: 12th Jan 1990
Arjuna awardee and former world number 1 is a true flagbearer
for the sport of para-badminton in India. He hails from the
town of Rudrapur in Uttrakhand, and in 2019 was awarded the
Uttrakhand Khel Ratna Award by the state government.
Manoj’s first major international medal came at the
2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon where he won a silver in
the men’s singles event. Since then, he has been a
regular medallist at global stage winning multiple medals in
Para-Badminton World Championships and Para-Badminton Asian
Championships. He also won two bronze medals at the
2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta.
He has also played an important role in the growth of the
sport, as he coaches youngsters in his hometown. One such
youngster is Chirag Baretha who has recently been included
in the Indian national para-badminton team. Manoj has played
a critical role in his development and has guided him along
Sport: Athletics (100m and 200m)
Date of Birth: 3rd Feb 1996
Dutee is the only Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics in
the 100m event. She has also won medals at the Asian Games,
Asian Athletics Championships and the Asian Indoor Athletics
Championships. In 2019, she became the first Indian woman to
win gold in the 100m event at the Summer Universiade.
In 2014, she was dropped from the Indian contingent for the
CWG and Asian Games as the AFI ruled that hyperandrogenism
ruled her ineligible to compete as a female athlete. She
appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The ruling found that there was a lack of evidence provided
that testosterone increased female athletic performance.
This effectively removed the suspension of Chand from
competition, clearing her to race again.
In 2019 she became India's first ever openly LGBTQ+ athlete
as she publicly stated that she is in a same-sex