Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha bodybuilder Narayan Barik has brought laurels for the State and the country by winning the silver medal in the 60 kg category of the recently concluded World Bodybuilding Championship at Oak Valley Resort in Wonju City in South Korea.

Barik emerged runners-up in the mega event by competing against the best bodybuilders in the world. However, Barik’s journey to success was not a bed of roses. He had to go through hard struggles and severe financial hardships to fulfill his dream as a successful international bodybuilder. Even, his elder brother had to support his dream and the family by selling vegetables on the roadside. However, with his determination, dedication, and hard work, Barik has made his elder brother proud by finishing second in the World Bodybuilding Championship.

“I am happy that I have won a silver medal in the World Bodybuilding Championship. I missed the gold medal by a whisker. Considering the fact that it was only my second international competition, I am very much satisfied with my performance. In the next competition, I will try my best to emerge champion,” said Barik.

“I would like to convey my special thanks to the Odisha Bodybuilding Federation, Indian Bodybuilding Federation, and Odisha Sports Department for my success. I request the government to help us a little bit more so that we could participate on a consistent basis in various national and international tournaments,” he added.

Barik admitted that it was due to his elder brother’s sacrifice that he has come a long way in bodybuilding.

“Due to my elder brother’s financial help and my little income from the gym, I could participate in the mega competition. Bodybuilding is a very costly sport. The State government is providing us very little help. However, I request the government to increase the financial support and provide us jobs so that our confidence as bodybuilders will be bolstered and it will reflect in our performances,” said Barik.