He is the District Magistrate of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, but on November 27 Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj scripted history by becoming the first ever serving Indian bureaucrat to win a Gold medal at the highest level of any sporting event.
Suhas, a para-athlete, defeated Indonesia’s Hare Sushanto 21-2 21-11 in the SL4 category to clinch the 2016 BWF Asian Para-Badminton Championships title at Beijing.
The DM’s wife, Ritu, said that Suhas used to practice every day before leaving for work for the tournament.
This was not Suhas’ first time at the championship. He had previously crashed out at the quarter-final stage, which strengthened his resolve to win the championship.
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav praised the DM on social media:
— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) November 27, 2016
The DM is receiving even more accolades on social media:
Congratulations DM Azamgarh on winning Gold at Asian Para Badminton Championship. You do us proud! pic.twitter.com/AUDKN6uCVP
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 28, 2016
LY Suhas IAS Collector Azamgarh wins the gold medal at the Asian Paralympic Championship in Beijing, China.
Three Cheers for Suhas!!!
— IAS Association (@IASassociation) November 27, 2016
— Karthikeyan K P (@karthi_kp) November 27, 2016
Suhas is a 2007-batch IAS officer. The 32-year-old from Shimoga, Karnataka, worked as a software engineer in Bengaluru before clearing the civil services examinations.
The tournament was held in Beijing from November 22 to 27.