AFMS Officers Shine at World Medical and Health Games: A Triumph of Skill and Dedication

In a remarkable achievement that brought immense pride to the nation, four officers from the Armed Forces Medical Service (AFMS) clinched an astounding 32 medals at the 43rd World Medical and Health Games, held in Saint-Tropez, France. This prestigious event, often dubbed the Olympic Games for health professionals, witnessed the AFMS officers’ exceptional athletic prowess, underscoring their dedication and multifaceted talents.

Historic Wins and Record-Breaking Performances

Maj. Anish George of Pazhayannur, a doctor with the 60 Para Field Hospital in Agra; his wife, Capt. Dania James, a nursing officer at Agra Military Hospital; Capt. Stephen Sebastian of Kannur, also a doctor with the 60 Para Field Hospital in Agra; and Lt. Col. Sanjeev Malik, an Indian Army doctor, together secured 19 gold medals, nine silver medals, and four bronze medals. Their record-breaking performances spanned a variety of athletic disciplines, highlighting their versatility and commitment.

Lt. Col. Sanjeev Malik dominated the above 35-year-old category (male), winning five gold medals in events including the 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, cross-country, and 4x100m relay. His extraordinary achievements in middle-distance and long-distance running events set a high standard for his peers.

Maj. Anish George excelled in the under-35 male category, earning four gold, six silver, and two bronze medals. His victories spanned a wide range of events, from sprints (100m, 200m, 400m) to middle-distance races (800m, 1500m, 5000m), and field events such as javelin, shot put, discus throw, hammer throw, and powerlifting. His diverse skill set was a testament to his athletic versatility.

Capt. Stephen Sebastian showcased his exceptional talent by securing six gold medals in the under-35 male category. His victories in the 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, hammer throw, and 4x100m relay events demonstrated his dominance in both track and field events.

Capt. Dania James achieved four gold, three silver, and two bronze medals in the under-35 female category. Her impressive performance in sprints (100m, 200m), the 4×100 relay, javelin, discus throw, shot put, badminton singles, badminton doubles, and powerlifting highlighted her exceptional athletic ability.

A Legacy of Excellence

The World Medical and Health Games, established in 1978, have grown into the most prestigious global sporting event for health professionals. Annually attracting over 2500 participants from more than 50 countries, the Games provide a platform for healthcare professionals to demonstrate their athletic skills and promote a healthy lifestyle.

The AFMS officers’ achievements are not only a testament to their personal dedication and hard work but also a reflection of the high standards and comprehensive training provided by the Armed Forces Medical Services. Their success serves as an inspiration for healthcare professionals worldwide, encouraging them to integrate fitness and athleticism into their daily routines.

Celebrating the Triumph

The Director General of AFMS, Lt Gen Daljit Singh, extended his heartfelt congratulations to the officers, emphasizing their dedication, skill, and the honor they have brought to the country. He noted that their success exemplifies the blend of medical expertise and athletic excellence, setting a benchmark for others to follow.

Inspiring Future Generations

The outstanding performances by the AFMS officers highlight the importance of a holistic approach to health and fitness, combining professional medical expertise with athletic achievements. Their success serves as a beacon of inspiration to thousands of doctors and nurses across the country, motivating them to pursue excellence in both their medical and athletic endeavors.

By showcasing their remarkable achievements at the World Medical and Health Games, the AFMS officers have not only brought glory to the nation but also demonstrated the vital role of physical fitness in enhancing professional performance and overall well-being. Their story is a powerful reminder of the limitless potential that lies in the synergy of mind, body, and spirit.


The triumph of the AFMS officers at the World Medical and Health Games is a proud moment for India, reflecting the strength, resilience, and multifaceted talents of its medical professionals. As they continue to inspire and lead by example, their achievements will undoubtedly pave the way for future generations to strive for excellence in all facets of life.

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