Shivani Agarwalla clinches Double Gold at IGSF World Championship 2022

She is hands down one of the most promising Kettlebell athlete  India has produced.Her quest for bringing laurels for the country is what continues to motivate her.

It was a historic day for the nation as Shivani Agarwalla won two Gold medals at the29th IGSF World Championship, and also became the first Indian Woman to achieve the coveted Master of Sport (MS) Rank in Kettlebell Sport.

The competition was held from 1-3r0 July in Loutraki, Greece. In her first event she performed the One Arm Long Cycle with a 16 kg Kettlebell. She did  113 reps in this event and achieved the MS Rank. In her second event the One Arm snatch event where she performed 100 reps and achieved Rank 1. She won first place  in both the events. Both the events had a ten minute limit and to lift non-stop.

After the event, Shivani along with the Indian Team were hosted by the Indian Ambassador in Greece, His Excellency, Mr. Anirit Lugun on 4, July at the Embassy of India in Athens. Shivani had also earlier won the IGSF Kettlebell World Championship Gold medal twice before in the years 2018 and 2019, when the championships were held in Uzbekistan and Australia respectively. Further, third time also she has won the IKMF Kettlebell World Championship in France in 2021. The 39 year old champion athlete is a mother and a practicing Chartered Accountant. She was recently awarded the Pride of Bengal: Young Achievers, Sports category by YLF, ICC (Indian Chambers of Commerce). She also received a letter of Recognition from the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi this year in March.

Juggling the roles of a mother to a 7 year old, a leading Chartered Accountant, she feels this journey would not be possible without the mentorship of her coach, Mr. Arnav Sarkar from Kolkata who introduced Shivani to Kettlebell Sports and the unending support of her husband, Mr. Mayank Agarwalla. Kettlebell Sport originated in Russia and is now practiced around the world. Id. It involves lifting a kettlebell of different weight for a set period of time. The winner is decided by bodyweight category and number of repetitions performed by the athlete. The International Gira Sport Federation (IGSF) is a global body and had conducted the First Kettlebell World Championship in 1992. In India the representative of the IGSF is Arnav championship since 2018 Sarkar. Indian Teams have been consistently participating and performing well at the championship since 2018.

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