Ashwini Akkunji

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Ashwini Akkunji
Personal information
Birth name Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji
Full name Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji
Nickname(s) Gensale Express
Nationality Indian
Born (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 29)
Siddapura, Udupi, India
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Country India
Sport Athletics
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m: 52.82 (Bangalore 2011)
400 m hurdles: 56.15 (Guangzhou 2010)

Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji (born 7 October 1987) is an Indian sprint athlete from Siddapura, Udupi who specializes in 400 metres.[1] Ashwini has won Gold Medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 Asian Games in 4x400 m relay team event with Manjeet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose[2] and an individual gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles on 25 November 2010 at the 2010 Asian Games held at Guangzhou, in China.[3] She is also a recipient of the Rajyotsava Prashasti (2010), a civilian honour awarded by the Indian State Government of Karnataka[4]


Born in Siddapura, Udupi, Kundapura taluk, Udupi district, Karnataka, she was raised in a Tulu-speaking family to her mother, Yashoda Shetty Akkunji and father, B.R. Chidananda Shetty.[5][6] Ashwini hails from an agriculturist family.[7] with a sporting legacy.[8] She grew up on her family's 5 acre farmland amidst Areca nut plantations along with her elder siblings a sister, Dipti and a brother, Amith.[9] Earlier, Ashwini was employed with the Indian Railways,[10] and presently works as a manager in Corporation Bank, Patiala, Punjab.[11]


In July 2011 prior to Asian athletics championships in Kobe (Japan) she tested positive for anabolic steroids.[12] She was subsequently dropped from the athletics team for the event and was suspended from athletics. She denied the charges but on 23 December 2011 the NADA banned her for a year.[13] The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations against lighter sentences and handed Ashwini and 5 other athletes (Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose, Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary and Priyanka Panwar) a two-year ban.[14]

Awards, rewards and recognition[edit]

She was given the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 2010. This comprised a cash payment of one hundred thousand Rupees, a 20 gramme gold medallion and a grant of priority in the allotment of house sites by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).[15] She has been rewarded financially by both the national and state governments, as well as Indian Railways, in recognition of the gold medals won in 2010.[16][17][18][19]


  1. ^ Kundapur (SP) (14 October 2010). "Kundapur: Country's Pride, Ashwini Shetty Akkunje, Getting Accolades Aplenty". Daijiworld Media Network. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Bose, Saibal. "Indian relay girls bring the house down". Times of India. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Rawat, Rahul. "Ashwini wants to win more medals". India Today. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Infosys CEO Gopalakrishnan, Ullas Karanth bag top Karnataka award". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 October 2010. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Team Mangalorean. "Ashwini's village in celebration mood!". Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Staff Correspondent (14 October 2010). "Ashwini's family ecstatic". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Belgaumkar, Govind D. (14 October 2010). "Grit pumped up Karnataka's golden girl.". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Beejadi, Aishwarya. "Udupi: Rural Surroundings of Akkunje Scripts Ashwini's Success". Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Daily News and Analysis. "Gensale Express does India proud at Asiad". D B Corp Ltd. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Sukumar, Dev S. "Running... till the cows come home". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Udupi: Athlete Ashwini Akkunji gets engaged
  12. ^ Ashwini and Priyanka add to doping shame : Controversies - London Olympics News - India Today
  13. ^ "ashwini akkunji". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "CAS confirms 2-year bans on 6 Indian athletes". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Rajyotsava awards for 162 Bangalore, Oct 30, DH News Service: « NRI Forum Karnataka :: News
  16. ^ "India News". The Times of India. 13 October 2010. 
  17. ^ Yeddy announces cash prizes to Karna medal winners in CWG
  18. ^ "Railways honours Commonwealth Games medallists". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 27 October 2010. 
  19. ^ The Village Road that Led to Guangzhou - Indian Express

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