Nilakanta Sharma Age, Wife, Family, Biography

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Age: 29 Years
Wife: Takhelmayum Alina
Hometown: Imphal East, Manipur

Nilakanta Sharma

Full NameShanglakpam Nilakanta Sharma
Profession(s)• Field Hockey Player
• Deputy Director in the Youth Affairs & Sports Department of Manipur
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 4" (163 cm)
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Field Hockey
International DebutTeam India Under-21- 2014
Team India- 2017
Jersey Number#18 (India)
Nilakanta Sharma holding his jersey
Domestic/State Team(s)• Posterior Hockey Academy Manipur
• Madhya Pradesh State Men's Hockey Academy
• Dabang Mumbai
• Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
• Railway Sports Promotion Board
• Youth Affairs and Sports Manipur
Coaches• Ashok Kumar Dhyanchand
Ashok Kumar Dhyanchand
• Romesh Khetri
• Ningthoujam Chandi Kr Singh
• 2015: Men's Hockey Junior Asia Cup in Kuantan
• 2016: Men's Hockey Junior World Cup in Lucknow
• 2018: Men's Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat
• 2023: Asian Games in Hangzhou
Nilakanta Sharma holding Asian Games gold medal
• 2023: Men's Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai
• 2022: Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
• 2021: Summer Olympics in Tokyo
Nilakanta Sharma holding Summer Olympics bronze medal
Awards, Honours• Felicitation Award from PSPB for his performance in Junior India Hockey World Cup (2016)
Nilakanta Sharma receiving the Felicitation Award
• Arjuna Award (2021)
Nilakanta Sharma receiving the Arjuna Award
• Best Goal Assists Award by the Odisha government (2021)
Nilakanta Sharma receiving the Best Goal Assists Award
• Felicitated by the Western Railway Sports Assosciation (2021)
Nilakanta Sharma being felicitated by the Western Railway Sports Assosciation
• Honored by Hockey India for completing 100 International Matches (2023)
Nilakanta Sharma honoured by the Hockey India
Personal Life
Date of Birth2 May 1995 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2024)29 Years
BirthplaceKontha Ahallup, Imphal East, Manipur, India
Zodiac signTaurus
HometownImphal East, Manipur
CasteMeitei Brahmin
Social MediaInstagram
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date17 November 2021
Wife/SpouseTakhelmayum Alina
Nilakanta Sharma with his wife Takhelmayum Alina
ParentsFather- Shanglakpam Inaocha Sharma (Priest)
Mother- Shanglakpam Kunjarani Devi
Nilakanta Sharma (centre) with his parents
SiblingsBrother- 1
• Eigya Macha
Nilakanta Sharma with his brother
Sister- 1
Nilakanta Sharma with his sister (right) and mother
FilmHollywood- Road House (2024)

Nilakanta Sharma image


Some Lesser Known Facts About Nilakanta Sharma

  • He grew up in a poor family with not enough money to afford proper hockey gear and equipment.
  • He talked about his passion for hockey in an interview and said that when he started to play hockey, he would ride his bicycle every day for 5 km to the only hockey ground in his town and train from 5:00 am to 8:30 am.
  • He was inspired by his fellow state athletes such as Chinglensana Singh and Kothajit Singh, to play for India and improve the living conditions of his family.
  • In 2011, he started training at the Olympian Ashok Dhyanchand Hockey Academy in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • He is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys working out in the gym.

    Nilakanta Sharma in the gym

    Nilakanta Sharma in the gym

  • He was a member of the Indian team during the Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in 2016.
  • He played a key role in the success of the Indian team during the 2020 Summer Olympics.

    Nilakanta Sharma while playing at the Tokyo Olympic Games

    Nilakanta Sharma while playing at the Tokyo Olympic Games

  • In 2021, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced a cash award of Rs. 75 lakh and a suitable state government job for his performance at the Tokyo Olympics, which were held in 2021.