Poojari Sudhamani emerges as a symbol of strength, determination, and resilience. At 26 years old, born on June 20, 1996, Sudhamani is a formidable force in powerlifting, competing in the 80 kg category, breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes.
Sudhamani’s family, a tight-knit unit, plays a crucial role in her journey. Her family comprises her mother, Marakka; her father, Chinna Akkilappa; her elder brother, a diligent farmer; and her sister. Her journey towards powerlifting wasn’t conventional, especially in her mother’s eyes, who hesitated at the idea of her daughter lifting weights, uncommon for girls her age.
Despite initial reservations, Sudhamani’s mother, Marakka, gradually embraced the reality of her daughter lifting weights, understanding the significance of Sudhamani representing women and her community on a global stage. She gradually recognised the importance of her daughter’s efforts and, taking pride in her achievements, encouraged her journey to participate in the Summer Olympics for the first time in 2023.
Sudhamani’s coach, Asha Sayyed, shares insights into the athlete’s journey. She recalls discovering Sudhamani’s potential at the RDT Bathalapalli ID Centre. With access to a well-balanced nutritional diet and a focused training regimen, Sudhamani is one of the Indian Athletes who represented her country and secured a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
Despite Sudhamani’s reserved nature, she expressed her passion for powerlifting, crediting her coach and the inspiring women around her for driving her pursuit. Weightlifting, to her, is not just a physical challenge but a passion and a way to express herself. Poojari Sudhamani’s story is a testament to the transformative power of women’s development, breaking through stereotypes and pursuing one’s passion with unwavering determination.