Jasvir Singh

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Jasvir Singh
Personal information
Nationality  Canada
Born (1977-04-13) 13 April 1977 (age 41)
Karnana, India
Residence Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) 62 kg
Club Vikings Weightlifting Club (CAN)
Coached by Guy Greavette (CAN)

Jasvir Singh (born April 13, 1977 in Karnana, India) is a Canadian weightlifter of Indian origin.[1] He qualified for the men's featherweight category at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by finishing seventh from the Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Callao, Peru.[2] He is also a five-time Indian and a three-time Canadian champion.

Singh started his sporting career as a sixteen-year-old high school student in the small village of Punjab. In 2002, he came to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on a working visa, and also, in hopes for a more promising future and better life.[3] While staying in Canada, Singh was unable to travel to international weightlifting competitions, and barred from participating in prestigious national events. He was discovered by former Olympian and coach Guy Greavette, who perceived him as a powerful athlete and quickly helped him build a sport. Singh made his international debut as part of the Canadian team at the 2003 World Wrestling Championships in Vancouver, and eventually attained numerous successes by winning back-to-back national titles. In 2007, he gained his landed immigrant status, and held a dual citizenship with Canada, making him eligible to compete for the Olympics.[3]

Singh became the first weightlifter from British Columbia to represent Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics, since his head coach Greavette did so in 1988. In the men's featherweight class, he successfully lifted 115 kg for the single-motion snatch, and hoisted 151 kg more for the two-part, shoulder-to-overhead clean and jerk, to combine a total of 266 kg, finishing in twelfth place.[4]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jasvir Singh". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "U.S. weightlifting men's team qualifies for two Olympic slots". Xinhua News Agency. 24 March 2008. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Lee, Jeff (28 May 2008). "A weight off his shoulders: New Canadian is first B.C. lifter in 20 years". Canada.com. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Men's 62kg (137 lbs)". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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