|Full Name||Shushila Devi Likmabam|
|Famous for||Winning the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 158 cm
in meters– 1.58 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 2”
|Weight (IJF)||in kilograms– 48 kg
in pounds– 106 lbs
|Coach/Mentor||Jiwan Sharma (Judo coach)|
|Medals||• Silver medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
• Silver medal in 2018 Asian Open in Hong Kong
• Gold medal in 2019 Asian Open in Hong Kong
|Date of Birth||1 February 1995 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||26 Years|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father– Likmabam Manihar Singh
Mother– Likmabam Chaobi Devi
|Siblings||She has an elder brother, Shilakshi Singh, and two more younger siblings.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shushila Likmabam
- Shushila Likmabam is a professional Indian judoka who is known for winning the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics, and she is the only athlete representing judo from India.
- Shushila started her training at a judo academy by the age of 7. She used to train with her elder brother, Shilakshi Singh, and the brother-sister duo would wake up early in the morning for their judo practice. They both used to cover a 25-30 minute journey to reach the judo academy with Shushila sitting on the bicycle carrier.
- Shushila started her judo practice under the guidance of her uncle, Likmabam Dinit, an international judo player, and began participating in state and national level championships. She made her international debut with the Commonwealth Judo Championship in 2010 in Singapore. She participated under the 44 kg category and won a gold medal.
- In 2010, Shushila moved to Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, to improve her training and learn better about sports. She trained under the guidance of Jiwan Sharma from 2010 to 2017.
- The breakthrough in her career came when she participated in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and bagged a silver medal for the country.
- In 2017, Shushila joined the Manipur Police. She took permission from the Manipur Police authorities when she started training for her upcoming judo championships and tournaments. In 2019, Shushila won a silver medal at the Asian Open in Hong Kong.
- In 2019, when Shushila was competing in Grand Slam in Osaka, Japan, she didn’t hear the announcement of her name. In an interview with The Indian Express, her brother said-
The rule is they’ll announce your name once and wait for 10 seconds. If you don’t show up then it’s over and the opponent gets a walkover. But Shushila was alone and the announcements were in Japanese. She didn’t realise they called her name. Woh bahar hi nahi nikle. Toh hum soche kya hua?”
- Shushila had to withdraw from the qualifying rounds for the 2018 Asian Games as she pulled a hamstring before the trials had begun. Due to this, one of her sponsors ended ties with her, which affected her financial situation. She confronted her coach, Jiwan Sharma, with the fact that she was financially exhausted. Shushila had to take loans and sell her car to ease up the financial burden. During an interview, she said-
People from the village are very supportive. They love it when somebody does well in sports. It’s just that financially, nobody is really well to do there, so they can’t help.”
- Even though Shushila missed several qualifying tournaments, she was qualified on the basis of the continental quota, making her the sole representative from India for judo in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.