He is a citizen of Taiwan — but this time he decided to represent his native state Manipur. Dr Ngangbam Shantikumar Meetei, has bagged Mr World 2013 title in the annual bodybuilding championship that witnessed 150 athletes from around the world this year, held under the aegis of International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) at Zakynthos, Greece from 5-7th July 2013.
Former JNU student, who now holds a Taiwanese citizenship and lives in Taipei, Taiwan told Hueiyen Lanpao from Greece, “I have won gold representing Manipur. I am dedicating this achievement to my parents who are no more to see this happiest moment, and to all the mothers of my homeland Kangleipak (Manipur)”.
He participated in two categories at the world championship; In the age group 40-49 category, in which he won gold and in the other category which has no age limit, he bagged silver medal there.
Dr Shantikumar is the 10th child of Ngangbam Shellungba Meetei and Ngangbam Angoubi Leima of Sagolband Moirang Hanuba Leirak in Manipur, who currently teaches English as a professor at De Lin Institute of Technology, Taipei. He married a Taiwanese Chinese nationality Chen Nan Tai and they have four kids.
He has competed and won many accolades under his belt, having represented Taiwan in the IFBB East Asian, Asian, Asian Games and Mr.Universe. Along with his family members, Dr Shantikumar is scheduled to visit Imphal on July 27.