INDIAN Para-Olympians Make Nation Proud

Following an unprecedented performance by our para-Olympians in Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says rightly in the annals of Indian sports, the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 will always have a special place. The games will remain etched in the memory of every Indian & motivate generations of athletes to pursue sports. Every member of our contingent is a champion & source of inspiration. India ends up at the 24th position at the Paralympics with 5 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 Bronze medals for the first time since Indians participated in the multinational event held every four years followed by Summer Olympics. This has to be more than just an outstanding performance; this is a peak event in India’s sporting history. Champions in life. Champions in sport. Raising hands. “My heartfelt congratulations to both the medallists for winning gold & silver medals for us. I was looking at the medal tally in 2016. There were only 19 Indian contingents. But today, we’ve won 19 medals in Paralympics. Our medal tally increased 5 times”, said Union Sports Minister  Anurag Thakur, former BCCI President. On the concluding day on Sunday, 05 September 2021, Indian Shuttler Krishna Nagar won the Gold Medal in the Men’s Singles SH6 Category. He defeated Chu ManKai of Hong Kong 21-17, 16-21, 21-17. Noida District Magistrate and para-badminton player Suhas L Yathiraj bagged the silver medal. He lost to Lucas Mazur of France in the final of the men’s singles event this morning. Lucas won by 15-21, 21-17, 21-15. However, Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli lost the bronze-medal match in mixed doubles. Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara & Akiko Sugino defeated the Indian pair in a close fight by 21-23, 19-21 to finish on the podium at third place. President, Vice President and Prime Minister have congratulated Krishna Nagar and Suhas Yathiraj on winning gold and silver medals. President Ram Nath Kovind said, strong and determined Krishan Nagar proved his mettle by winning the gold medal in Badminton and keeping the tricolour high. He said his excellence is commendable and many Indians will be inspired by him. In a tweet, President said, Suhas Yathiraj gave a tough fight to world No. 1 and won a silver medal in badminton. The President said, his dedication in pursuing sports while discharging duties as a civil servant is exceptional. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has congratulated IAS officer, Suhas Yathiraj on winning the Silver medal in Tokyo Paralympics. Naidu said, Suhas Yathiraj has inspired many with his on-court performances as a shuttler and off-court conduct as an able civil servant. By PKC. Image courtesy: TOI

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