Ajay Singh is an Indian weightlifter who has won several medals in national and international weightlifting tournaments. He holds multiple national weightlifting records and is considered one of the best Indian weightlifters.
Ajay Singh Shekhawat was born on Thursday, 17 April 1997 (age 25 years; as of 2022) in Khadot village of Chirawa tehsil in Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan, India. His zodiac sign is Aries. He studied at MG Public School in Jhunjhuno till the 5th standard. He played sports actively as he did not find his studies interesting. He played Kabaddi, Athletics, and competed in 20 km walking events, and occasionally in 600-meter races; however, in 2010, after he was inducted into the Army Sports Institute, his coaches recommended weightlifting to him after reviewing his body structure and muscle movements.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Dharampal Singh who is an ex-army person. He has 4 siblings. His elder brother works in the Indian Army.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried.
He is single.
He trained at Army Sports Institute, Pune for 2-3 years under Subedar Rajender and trained at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala under senior coach Vijay Sharma and assistant coach Pramod Sharma. He participated in various local weightlifting tournaments in Jhunjhunu. He competed in the 8th National Youth Weighlifting Tournament in 2012 in the under 69 kg category and secured 5th position. In 20165, he participated in the 67th Men Senior National Weightlifting Championships held in Jaipur, Rajasthan and came in 4th place. He participated in the Commonwealth Junior Championship in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and in 2018, he secured 5th place in the 18th Asian Games. In the 2018 IWF World Championships, he came in 26th place and in the 2019 IWF World Championships, he came in 18th place. In 2020, he competed in the 6th International Solidarity Championships and came 4th. He won gold medals in the 2019 and 2021 Commonwealth Senior Championships. In 2021, he secured 13th position in the 2021 IWF World Championships and came 4th in the 22nd Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, UK.
- 2015: 68th Men Senior National Weightlifting Championships held in Patiala, Punjab in the 77kg category
- 2016: Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Bayan Baru, Penang, Malaysia in the 77 kg category
- 2017: Junior Commonwealth Championships held at Gold Coast, Australia in the 77 kg category
- 2018: 70th Men Senior National Weightlifting Championships held in Moodbidri, Mangalore, Karnataka in the 77 kg category
- 2019: Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Apia, Samoa in the 81 kg category
- 2021: Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in the 81 kg category
- 2021: 73rd Men Senior National Weightlifting Championships held at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala in the 81 kg category
- 2022: IWLF Senior National Weightlifting Championships held at KIIT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in the 81 kg category
- 2023: IWLF Senior National Weightlifting Championships held at Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu in the 81 kg category
- 2015: Junior Commonwealth Championships held in Apia, Samoa in the 77 kg category
- 2022: 36th National Games held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in the 81 kg category
- 2015: 51st Men Junior National Weightlifting Championships held in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana in the 85 kg category
- 2017: Asian Junior Championships held in Kathmandu, Nepal in the 77 kg category
- 2021: 64th Inter services Weightlifting Championship 2021 in Pune in the 81 kg category
Awards & Honours
- Maharana Pratap Award in 2017 by the Rajasthan state government
- Felicitated by then-Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in 2018
- Felicitated by the Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande in 2022
- In December 2019, he was not allowed to board the flight due to a torn passport following which he returned to his home from the airport and could not compete in the Olympic qualifier weightlifting tournament held in Doha and subsequently from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- During the off-season, he trains for 1 hour in the morning, trains from 10 am to 1 pm in the day, and does technical training from 4 pm to 7 pm.
- He likes watching South Indian action movies in his free time, and Ravi Teja is his favourite South Indian actor.
- In 2020, he suffered a shoulder lateral muscle and bicep tear which he feared might end his career; however, Dr Ajit Mahapari in Pune treated him and after undergoing rehabilitation for two to three months, his performance returned within 6 months after training under the coach Iqbal Singh.
- In 2015, he was employed by the Indian Army in the 21 Rajputana Rifles Battalion as a Havaldar. He also got offers of employment from the Rajasthan Police, Indian Railway, and Bank of India; however, he aspired to serve in the army and chose Indian Army. As of 22, he has been promoted to Naib Subedar.
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- He is called Horsepower by his friends and coaches due to his immense strength.
- He could not attend the of his elder sister Bharati Kanwar on 6 December 2021 as he had to participate in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He promised his sister to bring a gold medal and later won it in the tournament.
- He is the national record holder for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lifts in the 81 kg category.