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KUMAR Sharad
Sport Para athletics
NPC India   
GenderMen
Age26
Place of BirthPatna, IND
Height1.79 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42
Further Personal Information
Residence
Delhi, IND
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."
Club / Team
Delhi Paralympic Association: India
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
India
Tournament
Asian Para Games
Location
Guangzhou, CHN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T42 high jump at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His brother. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Once a fighter, always a winner." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Impairment
At age two he was diagnosed with polio myelitis. The illness caused paralysis in his left leg. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017; thesalute.in, 06 Nov 2014)
Other information
SANCTION
He tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol at the 2012 Malaysian Open Championships. He was banned from competing 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)

OTHER STUDIES
He has studied international relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 High Jump T42 1.77
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 High Jump T42 1.72
2 2017 High Jump T42 1.84
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 High Jump T42/44/47 1.80