(Last Updated on : 24/06/2015)
Farman Basha is an inspiring personality, who with all his disabilities shows his talent in power lifting. He is one of the most promising athletes in power lifter.
Early Life of Farman Basha
Farman Basha was born on 25th March in the year 1974 in Bengaluru
to a poor family. Farman Basha is an Indian power lifter. Farman Basha represented India at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom. He won a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China. However, this was later upgraded to a silver medal after Iranian Mustafa Radhi was disqualified due to doping.
Career of Farman Basha
Farman Basha holds a diploma in electronics and television engineering.
Personal Life of Farman Basha
Farman Basha is married to Antonita Farman, a general category athlete. Farman Basha is afflicted with poliomyelitis, which he contracted when he was one year old. Due to this permanent physical impairment, he is unable to ambulate and uses callipers and a wheelchair.
Early Career of Farman Basha
Farman Basha used to compete in bodybuilding contentions. He started power lifting after his neighbour introduced him to sports for persons with physical disabilities. The first event he participated in was the 1997 National Wheelchair Games, where he won a silver medal. In 1998, Farman Basha won a gold medal and set a new national record in the South Zone selection trials for the 1999 FESPIC Games (Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled), held in Bangkok, where he finished seventh overall. He won a gold medal in an event for non-disabled competitors in 2006. Farman Basha represented India at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He lifted 156.8 kilograms (346 lb) and finished at tenth spot.
Awards Received by Farman Basha
Farman Basha was awarded with the Arjuna Awards
in 2008. In 2010, Farman Basha received the Ekalavya Award-Chief Minister's award for an outstanding sportsperson (for 2008) from the Governor of Karnataka Hansraj Bhardwaj at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan. Farman Basha is sponsored by a company with Rs.5, 000–5,500 per month and his wife, Antonita, contributes for rest of the expenditures.