Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Bikram Singh, (Born on Feb 3rd, 1985), a 30 year old cyclist from Imphal has made India proud, thanks to his achievements in track cycling. Singh played football till state level, before he took to cycling.
The 5th National Games, which were held in Manipur in Feb 1999, helped in enhancing the visibility of the sport in the state and became familiar and popular among the youth there. Right from the beginning, he always wanted to be a national champion and compete at an international level, and for this he chose an individual sport like cycling and worked very hard for it.
He always had the strength and support of his family. In December 2000, he first participated in the first National championship in Trivandrum, in the U-16 age category. He first landed a job with Indian Railways and in 2008, he moved to BSNL in Dimapur, Nagaland as a Sports Assistant. He is currently pursuing a diploma in Sports coaching at NSNIS in Patiala, Punjab. He has won 30 Gold medals, 15 Silver and 16 Bronze till now including the international achievements.
Highlights of his achievements are:
• Bronze medal in ACC Track Asia Cup 2010 – Japan Round – 1km Time Trial
• Silver and 1 Bronze in the prelims before Commonwealth Games ‘2010 held between 4 countries viz., Australia, Chinese Teipei, Malaysia and India- 1km Time Trial.
• India qualified for the first time for the world track cycling championship held in Australia in 2012 and Bikram Singh along with Amrit Singh and Amarjit Singh represented India.
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