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‘Here comes the mini-Baahubali’

Combat sport achiever, Tanmay Sharma, is the face of strength and determination. This is his story.



A class 4 student of Apeejay Svran Global School in Faridabad, Sector 21-D, Tanmay Sharma recently bagged a gold and bronze in open tournament of fencing at Bangkok, Thailand. For the uninitiated, the sport is gaining popularity in India now, but was included for the first time at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Inspired by Bhavani Devi, the first Indian fencer to ever qualify for the Olympics, nine-year-old, Tanmay, started at the sport a few years ago. In the following interview, he along with his mother, Ms. Vandana Sharma, share about the journey. Read On.

How did you take an interest in fencing?

Tanmay: I was attracted to the sport while watching a video. At that time, I used to perform stunts in a musical form and was training in martial arts.

Ms. Sharma: He started at kickboxing at the age of five. Soon after, he began learning Taekwondo. And then he started practicing it with a weapon. Seeing him, many used to compliment that he is a ‘Baahubali’. So that motivated us to make him learn a sport that could allow him to reach the Olympics.

Who is training you at the sport?

Tanmay: My coaches Mr. Kapil and Mr. Manish. I practice with them at a stadium near to my home in Faridabad Sector-12.

Are your parents also sportspersons?

Tanmay: The environment at my home is centred on sports for sure. Many of our relatives play cricket. But, I like fencing, football and lawn tennis more.

Tell us more about your recent achievement.

Tanmay: It has been quite challenging to learn fencing! When I started at it, I received a bronze at the district-level. And I could see so many good players who had come for the tournament. Followed by this, I received a gold medal in the Under-10 category at the Nationals. Then I went for Under-14 and bagged another honour. The current one was in Thailand and the experience was enriching! My father accompanied me there and in the country I felt quite at home.    

What does your daily schedule look like?

Tanmay: During tournaments, I practice for about six hours. On a regular basis, the same ranges from three to four hours. I usually train in the morning or evening, depending on the summer or winter season and then I attend school. I also make a point to rest and study alongside.

What do you eat in a day?

Tanmay: I like to stay fit and active. So, I avoid junk food and mostly rely on home-cooked vegetables, dal, roti, etc. I also ensure to include a lot of fruits in my diet. When I have my food cravings, pizzas are my go to. But I only eat that once every three months.

Do you aspire to become a sportsperson?

Tanmay: Yes. I want to be an Olympics Gold Medallist in fencing.

As a sportsperson, share some tips for those who want to stay fit?

Tanmay: Follow a balanced schedule. Do include any form of sports in your day. 

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