Tejaswin Shankar: The Delhi boy who promised his cancer dying father that he will achieve something great in life

Tejaswin Shankar was like any local Delhi boy who hails from Delhi itself. He was born in a Tamil family living in South Delhi’s Saket region. Being a young boy from the capital, Shankar had a great fondness for cricket since a tender age. While playing and casually jumping around with his friends, when the boy was just 13 or 14 years old, his Physical Education teacher from Sardar Patel School encouraged the child to try his spirited jump in high jump tournaments.

Death of father due to blood cancer changed the life of 14-year-old Shankar
All things seem perfect for Tejaswin Shankar, as the lad soon started winning medals in different athletic competitions at school level and at the state level. Soon Shankar was shaken with news of the demise of father with blood cancer, when he was just 14-year-old. In his last conversation with dying father, Shankar promised him that he will surely achieve greatly in life in the field of sports and academics. Tejaswin’s likeness for high jump as his healing element helped him to stay positive even after the demise of the father. Tejaswin’s real journey starts from the moment when he aimed to work hard in accordance with achieving some pride not for himself but for the happiness of family and promise offered to father.

Tejaswin Shankar

The hunt for bright future and Commonwealth medal….
On accordance with Shankar’s counting amongst few athletics in India who performs great in the high jump. Shankar enjoyed immense applaud and earned four-year athletics scholarship to the Kansas State University in 2017, where he got a chance to study business administration.

Shankar hits the national news when he becomes first high jumper from India to grab gold medal in 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, he sets personal and tournament’s best record in the event with a jump of 2.14m in the first attempt. He was also later awarded with silver in 2016th South Asian Games in Guwahati with a leap of 2.17 meters.

At the age of 16, Shankar succeeded to broke 12 years old indoor national record of Roy by achieving a mark of 2.18 meters.

Qualification in 2018 Commonwealth
Shanker’s dedication to improving his own indoor records in each of his jumps managed to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games by bettering his own national record by jumping 2.28 meters in the trial event to qualify for 2018 commonwealth games.

Some of the notable achievements of Tejaswin Shankar

  • Tejaswin Shankar bagged gold in Youth Common Wealth Games with tournament-best record of 2.14 meters
  • At 16, Tejaswin earned a silver medal in 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati with a leap of 2.17 meters.
  • The young aspirant was able to qualify for 2018 Common Wealth Games, where he showed his skill to sprint and jump a few of the Indian athlete.
  • We are looking forward to seeing great enthusiasm from Tejaswin Shankar in Olympic and Asian Games.



Shashi is a writer and sports enthusiast who loves to blog. Along with her passion for writing, she loves cooking new dishes and finding its origin across regions.