|Profession||Air pistol para-shooter|
|Famous for||Winning a silver medal in the Mixed 50m pistol SH1 and a bronze medal in the Men's P1 10 metre air pistol SH1 at the 2020 Summer Paralympics|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 177 cm
in meters- 1.77 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
|Hair Colour||Natural Black|
|International Debut||Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea) where he finished at 43rd place|
|Record (main one)||Second Indian shooter to win a Paralympic medal for India|
• P4 team at the 2018 World Cup (Chateauroux)
• P1 team event of the Al Ain World Cup 2019 in UAE
• P1 team event in Osijek World Cup 2019
• P4 team event in Osijek World Cup 2019
• P1 team event of the Al Ain World Cup 2021 in UAE
• P4 Individual events at a 2018 World Cup (Chateauroux)
• P4 individual event of the Al Ain World Cup 2019 in UAE
• A Bronze medal in P4 individual of the Al Ain World Cup 2021 in UAE
• P4 team event of the Al Ain World Cup 2021 in UAE
• Mixed 50m pistol SH1 at the 2020 Summer Paralympics
• P4 event of a Para Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta (Indonesia)
• P4 individual and P6 Team events in Osijek World Cup 2019
• P4 team event of the World Championship 2019 in Sydney (Australia)
• Men's P1 10 metre air pistol SH1 at the 2020 Summer Paralympics
|Date of Birth||26 January 1982 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||39 Years|
|Hometown||Uncha Village, Ballabhgarh, Haryana|
|Hobbies||Travelling, Watching Movies|
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Kavita Singh Adhana (Housewife)
|Children||Son- Naitik Singh Adhana (elder son), Saurav Singh Adhana (younger son)
|Parents||Father- Prem Singh Adhana (farmer)
Mother-Vedvati Singh Adhana
|Siblings||Brother- Sunil Adhana (elder brother)
Udham Adhana (younger brother)
|Food||Haryanvi food and Ice cream|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Singhraj Adhana
- Singhraj Adhana is an Indian Air pistol Para shooter in the SH1 category. The SH1 category includes the players who suffer from impairment in their one leg or arm resulting from spinal cord injury or amputations.
- He won his maiden Paralympic medal in the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 on 31 August 2021 when he bagged a Bronze medal, competing with eight players in total. This medal was India’s second medal at the Asaka shooting range after Avani Lekhara. His score of 237.9 at the Tokyo Paralympics was his highest score, beating his previous best of 198.2 at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
- After winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Singhraj, during a media interaction, talked about his strategies and success in the Paralympics. He said
“My coaches suggested doing meditation to overcome the mistakes which I did in the qualification. I did meditation for 5 minutes and it helped. This result is because of a better team that is with me.”
- Elated by his achievement, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded on Twitter. He wrote,
“Exceptional performance by Singhraj Adhana! India’s talented shooter brings home the coveted Bronze Medal. He has worked tremendously hard and achieved remarkable successes. Congratulations to him, and best wishes for the endeavours ahead. #Paralympics #Praise4Para”.
- He was diagnosed with Polio in his lower limbs at an age of one due to an overreaction of an injection that he was administered for fever, resulting in his disability, but it didn’t hinder him to further his shooting journey, which started in 2017 at an age of 35. According to Singhraj, he was inspired to make a career in athletics/sports after visiting a swimming club in Faridabad where he used to take his sons for swimming lessons. Reportedly, before choosing air-pistol shooting, he wanted to become a professional swimmer.
- Coming from a financially unstable background, he had to undergo a lot of struggle to fulfill his dreams and help his family make ends meet. He travelled 40 Kilometre every day from his home to the shooting range to practice the sport. During an interaction with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he revealed that his wife had to sell her jewellery to realize his shooting dreams. He also said,
“Shooting is an expensive sport, and it was not easy pursuing it.”
- His grandfather, the Late Subedar Major Sumera Ram Adhana, was a freedom fighter who fought for India’s Independence against the Britishers. Interestingly, he was honoured with the Indian Order of Merit (IOM) and Military Cross (MC) by the British Indian Army for his service during the Second World War in 1939-44. He also played a key role in India’s unification of princely states into the Indian territory under the leadership of the Ironman of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
- His first medal was at the national level in 2018 when he bagged the bronze at the Para Asian Games. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he continued his passion for air-pistol shooting, and with the help of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), he started a shooting range for himself at his home. He talked about this in a media interaction. He said,
“As I was not able to train, I started thinking that my dream of winning a medal is over. That’s when my coaches suggested why not try building a range at home.”
“My mother only asked me to ensure that we are able to feed ourselves later on if something went wrong. But thanks to my family and coaches’ support, the green signal and help from the Paralympic Committee of India and NRAI, we succeeded in my mission and the range was soon up and running,” he added.
- In 2018, he won the Silver and Gold medal at the Chateauroux World Cup held in France. He lost to Ukraine’s Oleksii Denysiuk who scored 224.6. Apart from that, in the same event, his trio with Manish Narwal and Rahul Jakhar won the gold medal with a total score of 1583/1800.
- The following year i.e 2019, was the golden phase in his life when he won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in different categories at the 62nd National Shooting Championships in Kerala. Apart from that, the same year, he also bagged a medal at the 2019 World Shooting Para Sports Championships in Sydney.
- In March 2021, he participated in Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, UAE and won the gold for the country, beating the 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze medallist Server Ibragimov of Uzbekistan by 2.8 points. The score reads 236.8-234. Overjoyed by this performance, he said in an interview that –
“I am very happy to win this gold after such a long time. Coming to this World Cup, I was very confident to get a good result here as I had trained very hard during the COVID-19 lockdown,” said Singhraj. “My first international was here in Al Ain 2018, but I missed out the gold. In 2019 also, I had to settle for the silver. I want to continue this momentum and get a good result in Tokyo 2020.”
- Apart from his sports activities, Singhraj actively participates in several social programs like the education of the poor and underprivileged disabled people.
- He runs the Singhraj Sainik School in Faridabad, near Delhi, and he is also the chairman of the school.