Meet the young achiever of Body Building: Suraj

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Suraj Singh is first son of N Girani and N (O) Jamini Devi of Chingmeiron Maning Leikai, he is born on May 18 1993 and he has two younger brothers and one elder sister.

Suraj is 21 years old and studying at Pravabati Collage in Bachelor of Arts second semester standard.

While Suraj has participated in many competitions at inter collage, state, district and national level and he achieve many position, gold medal and overall champion title in the field of body building.

Suraj Singh has participated in Junior Mr. Manipur of 2011 and bagged silver medal in 75 kg junior category, organized by All Manipur Body Building Association, in the same year he attend at 4th Satish Sugar Classic (National Open Championship) which is held at Karnataka on December 8 he got 5th position for 75 kg category organized by Indian Federation of Body Building.

In the Eastern India (National Open Championship) held at Jharkhand in the month of May 2012 Suraj Singh was awarded gold medal for 75 kg category while in the month October 21 of the same year he bagged overall champion title in Junior Mr. Imphal East for 80 kg category. The contest was organised by AMBBA at Khundrakpam, Imphal East district. Again in the month of November he received same overall champion title of Junior Mr. Manipur 2012 in the same category, the contest was organised by AMBBA at Asha Hall, North AOC, he also bagged the same title for Senior Mr. Shajou for 80 kg category at Thoubal district in the year October 11 2013 which is organised by Manipur Amateur Body Building Association (MABBA), in the same month he also participate in Senior Mr. Kangleipak which is organised by MABBA at Asha Hall, North AOC, and he bagged Overall champion in 80 kg category.

After becoming champion of Senior Mr. Kangleipak he gets the privilege to flex his beautiful muscles in Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar from November 23 and 24, 2013 for Mr. Eastern India (National open Championship), he bagged overall champion in 80 kg category, and the competition was organized by Indian Body Building Federation.

In the month of December 14 and 15 for the year 2013, The All Manipur Gymnasium Welfare Association organised Mr Moirang Khamba at Moirang in this competition he bagged overall title for Senior Mr. Moirang Khamba in 80 kg category.

For the year 2014 he bagged overall title in series in 80 kg category at Subhas Chandra Boss Classic (National Open Competition) held at Assam, Hojai on January 19, organized by IBBF, in Inter College Open Competition on January month organized by Manipur University and his last achievement for this year is Junior Mr. India held at Khuman Lamapak, Indoor Stadium Imphal from February 14 to 16, the competition was organized by jointly AMGWA and IBBF. Phew! The list seems to be too long for a 21 year old body builder. Here is a brief chat with the young champion.

IFP: Why did you choose body building from all other games?

Suraj: Since childhood, I love to play games a lot. My father was a body builder too, seeing him play inspired me.

IFP: How did you felt when you participated in the contest for the first time?

Suraj: It was an unbelievable moment for me. The first one was in 2011 Junior Mr Manipur title contest organised by the All Manipur Body Building Association. I was really excited to get the Silver medal in 80 kg category.

IFP: Since when did you start building your body and which gym did you played?

Suraj: After finishing Matriculation in the year 2008, I started playing under my father’s instruction in my locality at Chingmeirong Youth Gym for two-three months. Thereafter under instructor Ningthem of Unique Gym, I started playing at Khuman Lampak for seven to eight months, in year 2011. I started playing under I Bipin of YBB Gym of Pishum. Then, I played under instructor Gogen of Royal Gym, Ningomthongjao. He taught me stage performance. I would like to give credit to all my instructors for the junior title of Mr. India 2014.

IFP: Tell us about other contests that you have participated.

Suraj: All together, I have taken part in 12 contests, both at the state and national level so far. I got 6th position in the National Open Competition held in Karnataka in 2011. In 2012, I begged the gold medal in the Eastern India Competition held in Jharkhand.

IFP: How did you felt achieving such prestigious titles?

Suraj: I felt good, naturally. But winning titles inspire me to work harder and harder.

IFP: Tell us about the exposure one could get after having contested with players of other states?

Suraj: I supposed the players of other states are advanced in terms of techniques from our state. But I take it as an opportunity to learn from them as well.

IFP: How about you bagging the junior Mr India title as your latest achievement in the competition held at Khuman Lampak Indoor stadium in Imphal.

Suraj: I was not sure of winning the contest as it was an all India competition. There were 28 states participating in the competition. But I got the title and I am extremely happy about it.

IFP: Any offer for job opportunity so far after from any quarters after getting the title?

Suraj: No, nothing as such. I will be happy if I get.

IFP: Well, what are your future plans?

Suraj: Simple. To play more and achieve more titles, and Yes, I do need a job to support myself.

IFP: How do you manage body building with academic studies?

Suraj: It’s pretty hard, you see. I have to play for two hours every day. And I have to increase it by additional two hours during the time of competitions. But I do make it a point to sit for the exams in the college as well.

IFP: Any words for the upcoming players?

Suraj: One must be hard working, respect for the fellow players and above all discipline in all front, to the instructors, discipline in diet etc.

IFP: We wish you all the best for your Mr World 2014 contest in November.

Suraj: Thank you.

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