Major Abdul Qadir Khan of the Corps of Signals gave India a reason to smile after he walked away with a silver medal dangling from his neck at the 53rd Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships on Wednesday. Despite a busy regimental schedule, Major Abdul fueled his interest in bodybuilding in the year 2014. His decision to train at 1 Signals Training Centre in Jabalpur helped him establish himself on the national bodybuilding scene. The excellent training infrastructure with experienced coaches triggered his interest in the discipline.
It was not very long ago that the stature of fitness sports in India was confined to wrestling and martial training centres alone. But with several thousand strength training centres across the country, India now seems to be poised for glory in bodybuilding, as it has come to bank on its ever-growing crop of dexterous bodybuilders. Major Abdul was privileged with a chance to represent India following a commendable performance in the Indian Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (IBBFF) selection trials that were held at Khammam, Telangana in July this year.
Having come a long way since his early days in Jabalpur, Major Abdul refuses to rest on the past accomplishments and is looking to improve himself every day. Considering that this was his maiden event, Major Abdul’s successful venture is no serendipity. His grit, determination, and commitment to his passion for bodybuilding have what today made him long-jump over all metaphoric hurdles that came in the way. His accomplishment will most definitely resonate with athletes who aspire to march several steps ahead to climb newer heights in India’s sporting ecosystem.
Held at Batam in Indonesia, the Championships featured a total of 51 events running for a period of three days. Considered as the first continental association, the Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation has seen its foundation exuding a steep growth from six to 40 national affiliates.