Sudipti Hajela is an equestrian who was a part of the Indian team (quartet) that bagged a gold medal at the 2022 Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China.
Sudipti Hejala was born on Friday, 10 May 2002 (age 21 years; as of 2023) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Her zodiac sign is Taurus. She completed her schooling at Daly College, Indore. She lives in Paris, France.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Sudipti Hajela’s father, Mukesh Hajela, is an Indore-based businessman.
Her mother’s name is Sonia Hajela. She has an elder sister named Vidhi Hajela.
Sudipti Hajela started riding when she was six years old. She was initially trained at a training centre in Delhi and later internationally. In 2018, she won the AEF (Asian Equestrian Federation) Dressage Qualifier held in Jaipur, India in the U21 category.
On 4 November 2018, she participated in the 2018 FEI World Dressage Challenge in New Delhi, India. In December 2018, she participated in the Junior National Equestrian Championship held in Kolkata and bagged a gold medal in the team event, and a bronze medal in the individual event.
In April 2019, she won the Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) U-21 Dressage Championship held in Doha, Qatar and attained a rank of 5 in the Asian continent.
In January 2021, she participated in the National Equestrian Championship Dressage 2020-2021 held at Army Polo and Riding Club, Brar Square, New Delhi where she bagged 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze medal in different events.
In December 2021, she competed in the PSG (Prix St George), the biggest level of competition in dressage, at Delhi and finished first, and in Intermediate 1 where she finished second. In 2023, she was a member of the team (quartet) that represented India at the 2022 Asian Games; Divyakriti Singh, Hriday Chheda, and Anush Agarwalla were the other members of the team (quartet). India bagged a gold medal for the first time ever in a team event of Equestrian Dressage and it was also India’s first gold in Equestrian after 41 years. However, Hajela’s score was the lowest of the four Indian riders and only the top three scores were taken into consideration. In an interview, while talking about her experience at the Asian Games, she said,
I think it’s nothing less than a wow moment for the four of us. It has been really good to have made history. Before coming to the games we were certain that if we give our best we will be on the podium. We did not know that it was going to be gold. It is difficult to express what I am feeling. It is the dream of every athlete to see the tricolour flag go up and have their national anthem played.”
Awards & Honours
- On 7 November 2017, she was honoured with the Ekalavya Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh for her excellence in the field of Equestrian Dressage.
- In 2020, she was honoured with the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar Award in the Sports category, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.
- She first rode a horse when she was six years old at the insistence of her father and developed a passion for horse riding ever since.
- In 2013, she won a bronze medal at a national event which was presented to her by Sourav Ganguly. It was her first national medal.
- She was the youngest team member at the 2022 Asian Games. The horse, Chinski, that she rode at the Asian Games had been her companion for two years.
- She is coached by Capt. Gulab Singh, and Camillee Judet Cheret, a former France Olympian.
- She has trained in various countries such as London, Portugal, and France.
- She was a part of the 71st Republic Day Parade along with the other recipients of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar Award 2020.
- According to her, a song that inspires her, and fills her with immense enthusiasm is Hanuman Chalisa.