Lalit Kumar Upadhyay Height, Age, Wife, Family, Biography

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Hometown: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Age: 30 Years

Wife: Diksha Tiwari

Lalit Kumar Upadhyay

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Lalit Kumar Upadhyay

  • He was inspired by his brother to take up hockey.
  • In 2008, the news channel Aaj Tak conducted a sting operation on Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) secretary K Jothikumaran and took Lalit Kumar Upadhyay’s name as bait.
  • Although the sting operation resulted in the suspension of K Jothikumaran, It brought defamation to Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, even though the channel admitted that Lalit wasn’t involved in the sting operation and his name was used only to trick the official.
  • The defamation resulted in a brief pause in the growth of Lalit’s career who was recently selected for India’s under-21 team.
  • In an interview, he talked about how his family kept him motivated after the incident and said,

    If it wasn’t for my parents and family I would have left hockey. They said that if you leave, people will think that you did give money because not many followed hockey back then. That was the most crucial point in my life. I was on the verge of quitting the sport.”

  • He has trained at the SAI (Sports Authority of India) Training Centre in Varanasi.
  • During his youth, he played at a hockey ground created by Tej Bahadur Singh in Karampur village, near Varanasi.
    Tej Bahadur Singh

    Tej Bahadur Singh

  • Lalit credits Tej Bahadur for taking care of his school fees and education while also helping him focus on his hockey career.
  • In 2010, Dhanraj Pillay noticed him and offered him a contract to play with Air India.
  • In 2014, he joined BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) and got an officer’s job there.
  • In 2021, the Uttar Pradesh government offered Lalit a non-cadre post of OSD (Officer on Special Duty). He rejected the offer, stating that he was disappointed as the position was temporary, did not have a uniform and had no scope for promotion.
  • In 2022, he was offered the position of DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) in the Uttar Pradesh police for his performance in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
  • He is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys working out in the gym.
    Lalit Kumar Upadhyay in the gym

    Lalit Kumar Upadhyay in the gym

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