Surendra Poonia

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Major Surendra Poonia
Picture of a young Indian male up to the waist. He is holding India's national flag over his head and with medals around his neck
Major Surendra Poonia after winning Gold Medal in Power-lifting at Croatia
Personal information
Born (1977-01-01) 1 January 1977 (age 42)
Rajpura (70 km from Sikar), Rajasthan, India
ResidenceNew Delhi, Delhi, India
EducationBachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Alma materArmed Forces Medical College, Pune
University of Pune
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
OccupationSportsman (Power-lifter)(Athlete) (Doctor)
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)

Major Dr. Surendra Poonia, VSM is an international award-winning sportsman, Limca book record holder, physician, former Special Forces officer of the Indian Army and founder of Soldierathon marathon[citation needed]. He is the first Indian athlete with the rare distinction of having won medals in power-lifting and athletic events in four consecutive world championships. He was born on 1 January 1977 in a farmer family in Sikar, Rajasthan. He is a graduate of the AFMC, Pune.[1]


Poonia is an alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College,[2] Pune (AFMC Pune) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya(JNV), Patan, Sikar, Rajasthan. Currently, he is an active alumni in JNV Sikar.[3] He was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in August 2001. He served with The President's Bodyguard[4] at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Special Forces and United Nation's peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo.[5] He also contested 2014 parliamentary election from Sikar Lok Sabha of Rajasthan.[6] He resigned [7] from Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in 2015 just before Delhi assembly polls due to ideological differences with Arvind Kejriwal. Poonia decided to quit the party alleging that Kejriwal and his men are steering away from its original ethos and objectives.[8][9] In a letter addressed to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, Vishisht Seva Medal awardee Poonia alleged that the party has veered away from its original path. Poonia in his letter said that as an army man he can't support a person, ideology or party that is compromising with country's security.


Major Surendra Poonia represented India in Croatia,[10] Spain, Ireland and Turkey[11] in 5 World Championships and won 27 medals including 10 Golds. He is the first Indian power-lifter to have won gold in four consecutive championships from 2010 to 2013. On January 26, 2012, he was felicitated by 'Vishisht Seva Medal'[12] by The Hon'ble President of Republic of India for his 'Distinguished Service of an Exceptional Order'[13] in the field of sports. He was also awarded 'Most Entertaining Sportsman of the year'-Male by Reliance Big FM in 2013. He is Limca book record holder of most international sports medals won by any Indian doctor.


  1. ^ Team, Editorial (2017-09-28). "Motivational Story of Major Surendra Poonia - Special Forces Veteran". SSBToSuccess. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  2. ^ "PBG man wins medals at the World Medical & Health Games". The Hindu. July 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "JNV Sikar Alumni - Members". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  4. ^ "Bodyguard shows his mettle". The Indian Express. July 17, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  5. ^ "For Dr Poonia, it's country above all". The Sunday Guardian. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Doctor, social activist, tribal leader in AAP's 6th list". The Indian Express. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Major Dr Surendra Poonia quit AAP accusing the party of steering away from its original ethos and objectives". Zee News. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
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  10. ^ "Love for nation spurs Poonia". Hindustan Times. July 23, 2010.
  11. ^ "Poonia to the fore". The Sunday Guardian. Sep 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "President Felicitates Maj Poonia for Winning Seven Medals". Outlook. October 15, 2012.
  13. ^ "President Felicitates Rashtrapati Bhavan Medical Officer Major Surendra Poonia for Winning Seven Medals at 33rd World Medical Games". PIB. October 15, 2012.

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