Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2011
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Allahābād, Uttar Pradesh, India
Ashish Kumar is an Indian gymnast from Allahabad, who won India's first-ever medals in gymnastics, in October 2010 at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and became the most successful Indian gymnast in Commonwealth Games history, by winning bronze and silver medals in different gymnastic events. He was born in 1990 in Allahabad. Kumar first participated at the 2006 Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships staged in Surat, India. He won the bronze medal on the Floor Exercise, tied with Syrian gymnast Fadi Bahlawan. This was India's first major international medal in the history of Artistic Gymnastics. Kumar also competed at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. He finished 18th in the Individual All-Around, the only final he qualified for. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games he first won a bronze medal in the Floor Exercuse and later a silver medal on Vault, where the gold went to Luke Folwell of England, while Ian Galvan of Canada won the bronze medal. At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Kunar won the bronze medal in the Floor Exercise. As of 2015, this remains India's only medal in Gymnastics at the Asian Games. At the South Central Asian Gymnastics Championships in Dhaka in December 2011 Kumar won four gold medals, in the All-Around, Floor Exercise, Vault and High Bar events. In 2011, He received the Arjuna Award for his performance.