History of Satheesha Rai Indian Weightlifter


Satheesha Rai is an Indian weightlifter and Olympian from Mangalore, Karnataka. He is also a recipient of the Arjuna Award given in 1999.

Rai started his career by winning a gold medal and two silver medals in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. However, he was stripped of his 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medal after testing positive for a banned substance. Rai pleaded innocence and stated that he had been using the substance for medical reasons.

In 2006, Rai was banned for two years by the Indian Weightlifting Federation after testing positive for a banned substance again. However, he was cleared to compete in the 2008 Olympics.

Rai competed in the 94 kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he finished 11th with a total of 351 kg.

Rai announced his retirement from weightlifting in 2009, after failing to qualify for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.


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