When he is not pressing a court bench with legal arguments, lawyer Mohit Suri bench-presses in the world of fitness and competitive sport.
As Managing Partner of Indian law firm MLegal, with offices in Delhi and other Indian cities, as well as the UK, the UAE and Singapore, Mohit Suri has built an enviable reputation in the particularly tricky area of international transaction and mobility – the laws and regulations affecting the structuring and movement of organizations/individuals from one country to another.
But at the moment, Mohit’s attention is on South Africa and this month’s Commonwealth Power Lifting & Bench Press Championship, which will be from the 10th to the 17th of September 2017 at Potchefstroom, North West, South Africa.
Away from the courts, Mohit can be regularly found working out at the gym. A medalist at state, national and international level in powerlifting (in 2016, gaining silver at the Delhi State and national Powerlifting Championships and a bronze at the Subrata International Classic Championships at Jamshedpur). He has been selected by the Indian Power Lifting Association as a member of the national team, and is confident of success in South Africa: “I can see a medal: I am not sure of the colour, but I will surely get one.”
A regular gym-goer for over twenty years, taking up powerlifting was “more a question of variation rather than picking up a new thing”, he says. He also sees his exercise regimen as complementary to a work ethic that begins at 5.30 am six days a week and finishes around 11 pm: “My fitness helps me absorb the additional workload and pressure from work. I feel both sides assist each other. The legal practice finances my passion for sports, and the fitness that I get in return makes me a better professional.”
Working and planning for success go hand in hand: to gain strength for the South Africa competition Mohit had added over seven kilograms in bodyweight in just thirty days.
In his legal life, Mohit Suri moves in high circles, including Delhi’s prestigious Roshanara Club, of which he is a Senior Joint Vice President, where he has been “encouraging people to up their fitness levels”. He is conscious of his social responsibilities both as a lawyer, and in encouraging young people to take up sport – on occasion providing free lessons to school children – and for the Government to help.
“Our youth lack both facilities and direction”, he says. “This is the reason for the poor state of sports in India. To be world class one has to start before the age of ten and in India the Government has no plans or programmes to notice athletes at that age”.
Perhaps success in South Africa, for himself and for the India team, will help raise the sport’s profile with the Government, and spur a commitment to spotting talent and promoting sporting excellence. Goodluck to Mohit Suri, Make India Proud!
The article is written by Nishant B Ranjan.
Nishant B Ranjan is a well known Customer relationship management (CRM) & IMAGE Consultant.
He has contributed over 19 years of rich experience across various industries from the Media, NGO, Real Estate to Time Share, Hospitality & the entertainment industry. Currently Based at Delhi and is part of Edventures Global & Mlegal.
He loves meeting new people and networking with them. A vivid reader and writer on social and development issues.