Sunil Aptekar was Mr.India on THREE occasions, the only one from Karnataka. He was also Mr.Asia and has received Karnataka’s prestigious EKALAVYA AWARD amongst many other glittering trophies and medals to his name.
The great bodybuilder who now works with the Indian Railways.
People close to Sunil and his family as well would not have ever thought that Sunil would be a body builder. Sunil until the age of 17 was very weak and sleek, Even then he decided to go in for the Indian Air force selection and as he was a son of a service man he had some concessions in the physical attributes, but even with those concessions he was not able to make it to the IAF as his chest was not upto the standards. Sunil was so disgusted with himself and to top it his father for the first time yelled on him. This was the day that changed his life entirely.
The very next day he went to the Corporation Gymnasium near Shivaji Garden and started his training without knowing that one day he would be Mr.Asia. Zeal, determination to overcome that humiliation he had got in the IAF selection made him work hard day after day.
He was born in Udhampur (J&K) and his father was in the Army and he did his schooling from Benyon Smith and then he did his ITI in electrical.
He was a National Body Building Judge and also a member selection committee member for IBBF. Vice President South India Body Building & Fitness Federation, General secretary Belgaum District body Building Association & E.C member of Karnataka State Body Building Association were some of his positions held where he even tried to do good for the sport.
Even tough the government did not support him, did not even allot the plot alloted to him by a resolution of the corporation, people like Suresh Hundre and sports clubs helped him reach his goal.
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